North Texas Asthma Consortium

North Texas Asthma Consortium Educational Programs

 

 

   School Flag Program                 Texas Asthma Guide for Schools

 

 

 

The North Texas Asthma Consortium is excited to share these education materials with you.

 

 

School Flag Program

Our program is designed to educate individuals about the health effects of ozone and to provide schools and daycares with opportunities for physicial activity indoors on poor ozone days.

 

Ground level ozone is a major summertime pollutant in North Texas.  Ozone can: aggravate asthma, reduce lung function, and lower resistance to allergens, infections, and respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.  Children and those with pre-existing lung problems, such as asthma, are sensitive to the inflammatory health effects of ozone.  Even healthy adults who perform physicial exercise or manual labor outdoors can experience the unhealthful effects of ozone.

 

The School Flag Program helps children, parents, school personnel and the community be aware of daily air quality conditions using colored flags.  Each day, a flag is raised in front of participating schools that signals the level of air possition for that day.  By checking local school flagpoles and comparing the colored flags to the Air Quality Indes (AQI), members of the school and the surrounding community can tell what the daily air quality is, and adjust their activities to reduce their exposure to air pollution.  The flags are color-coded according to the official AQI.  Green indicates good air quality, yellow is moderate, orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups (like children and those with asthma), and red signals unhealthy air for everyone.  A purple flag means the air quality is very unhealthy and sensitive groups should avoid all outdoor exertion and everyone else should limit outdoor exertion.

Listed below are some useful AQI web resources.

 

For today's AQI forecast go to:

http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/monops/forecast_today.html

 

To receive AQI email alerts and warnings go to:

http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/monops/ozone_email.html

 

To get your area's current AQI conditions go to:

http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/compliance/monops/select_curlev.pl?region04_cur.gif

 

 

 

 

If you're interested in flying these flags at your school or business, please fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.