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Posted at 12:18 PM, Jan 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-02 14:18:48-05

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality publishes air quality forecasts and health guidelines to let Utahns know when they need to limit outdoor activity. The health guidelines are ranked as follows:

Good – No precautions related to air quality necessary

Moderate – Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups – The following groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion:

  • People with lung disease, such as asthma.
  • Children and older adults
  • People who are active outdoors

Unhealthy – The following groups should avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion:

  • People with lung disease, such as asthma.
  • Children and older adults
  • People who are active outdoors

Everyone else should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

Very Unhealthy – The following groups should avoid all outdoor exertion:

  • People with lung disease, such as asthma.
  • Children and older adults
  • People who are active outdoors

Everyone else should limit outdoor exertion.

To check current air quality conditions and forecasts, visit http://www.airquality.utah.gov/aqp/slc.html