Check Your Health: Newly updated recess guidance

Learn how to protect your lungs from bad air during inversion season (File Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) To help bring us all to date on air quality and a new set of recess guidelines, Brittany Guerra of the Utah Department of Health came to 2News.

Poor air quality can affect your health. Every person has a different sensitivity to air pollution, but populations that are especially vulnerable include children, the elderly and those with chronic lung or heart conditions.

Recess Guidance is a set of air quality guidelines for schools to use in determining whether to cancel outdoor recess on bad air days. The guidance was updated in 2016 by a group of stakeholders, including the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the Utah Department of Health, and parent, school, and air quality stakeholders across Utah.

For more Recess Guidance resources for schools and parents, visit the Asthma Program Website here.

To protect your lungs during inversion season:

  • Check air quality levels before outdoor activities
  • Move exercise indoors when air pollution reaches unhealthy levels.
  • For those with asthma, take your medications as directed

And, during inversion season, do your part to help reduce pollution in the air by reducing your driving, not idling your car and not burning wood.