Meet Arlo the "Airmadillo"!
The colors on his shell change color with the current Air Quality Index (AQI) here in DFW, letting you know how safe it is to spend time outside.
For more information on the colors of the AQI, see the Air Quality Facts table below.
- Nine counties in North Central Texas have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for clean air.
- Air quality is measured by the amount of ground level ozone in the air.
- Ground level Ozone is also called "bad ozone" and is formed when sunlight, heat and pollution from cars and factories mixes together. It is the main ingredient in smog.
- Inhaling ground-level ozone can cause health problems like coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightening and discomfort when taking a deep breath. People who have asthma or respiratory problems are at increased risk.
- More information about the health impacts of ozone exposure is available from the American Lung Association.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the Air Quality Index to better understand the severity of pollution and related health impacts.
- The AQI reports daily air quality levels and the colors indicate how polluted the air is and how to protect your health (below).
Air North Texas
Air North Texas is a regional public awareness campaign and partnership created to help alleviate the air quality problem in our region. North Texans are encouraged to become part of the solution to improve air quality in North Texas. Resources and educational materials are available at AirNorthTexas.org. The Air North Texas network of individuals and organizations believes that every person can help create cleaner, clearer skies in our region.
Clean Air Action Day
Clean Air Action Day is on the first day of summer every year. On this day, individuals, organizations, and corporations across our region come together to commit to make at least one clean air decision to help us all breathe cleaner air and build healthier communities in North Texas. Make your pledge to take action for clean air today!
There are several resources and programs available to help North Texans incorporate clean air actions into their routines or organizations. Try as many of the below as you can and go here to learn more:
- Bicycle or walk for short trips
- Reduce vehicle idling
- Work from home
- Carpool, vanpool or use mass transit like DART
- Use TryParkingIt.com
- Conserve electricity and water
- Maintain vehicles by getting them inspected, keeping tires properly inflated, and changing filters regularly