Air Quality Index
Florida is very hot today. Despite the heat the Air Quality Index is good to moderate. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a scale utilized by state, county, and city agencies to detail the purity of the air in their respective areas. Ground level ozone is one of the major pollutants reported. All should be concerned and pay attention to the AQI, especially the elderly, sick, children and athletes who play and practice outdoors. AQI below 101 color code Green to Yellow indicates the air is acceptably clean. However, as the AQI rises to the 101-150 range, color code Orange, persons with sensitivity to air pollution may be at risk. AQI over 150 color code Red or Purple is deemed unhealthy for everyone.
Preventive Measures to Practice When AQI is at Unhealthy Levels:
Limit physical exercise especially during mid-afternoon and early evening when the ozone level peaks. Alter the time of day of arduous outdoor activity to avoid peak hours, or reduce the intensity of the activity.
Pay attention to symptoms; be aware of respiratory distress, such as coughing, wheezing, and breathing difficulty, and decrease exposure if these occur.
During physically exerting games, alternate and rest players to reduce exposure.
Consider alternative activities.
Persons with asthma ought to have sufficient medication convenient and follow their asthma management plans.
CONSIDER INDOOR SPORTS LIKE ICE HOCKEY! LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT GATOR ICE HOCKEY SEASON! THESE GATORS PRACTICE DURING THE SUMMER TO BEAT THE HEAT!