The first week of May is Air Quality Awareness Week, and the Kentucky Division of Air Quality encourages Kentuckians — especially those with respiratory conditions — to become familiar with the Air Quality Index, or AQI.
With the proper training, DAQ inspectors can determine whether too much of a harmful contaminant is being released into the surrounding air by observing a plume of smoke billowing from a smoke stack. To receive that training, they attend “Smoke School.”
In Kentucky, it’s illegal to burn certain materials that emit harmful air pollutants. Take a look at this infographic to learn about the hazards associated with open burning.