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Air Quality Flag Program in Tennessee

About the Program

Raise a colored flag that corresponds with the daily local air quality forecast to raise awareness of outdoor air quality conditions and notify teachers, coaches, students and the community about the daily air quality.

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Why is it Important?

Bad air quality can lead to illness. This program notifies people to take necessary precautions to protect their health on bad air quality days to prevent coughing, wheezing, and asthma attacks. The flag colors correspond to colors used in EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI), which tells how clean or polluted the air is that day. This is particularly important for groups at greater risk from pollution.

Who is this Program for?

Everyone! Schools, businesses, libraries, community centers, office buildings—anyone with a flag pole can adopt this program to protect public health. Join over 35 organizations across Tennessee in raising an air quality flag!

How to Get Started

  1. Sign your site up online to receive flags and other materials to implement the Air Quality Flag Program.
  2. Use newsletters, emails, flyers, and social media to announce your program to the community.
  3. Every morning, check the air quality forecast and fly the corresponding flag.
  4. Take action: inform people when to do less intense activities, take more breaks, or go indoors.

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Available Resources


Contact the American Lung Association in Tennessee for more information: [email protected] or 423-661-7593

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Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

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Very Unhealthy

Cherifa McDowell

Helping our students, families, staff and neighbors understand the implications of the air quality index fits perfectly with our mission to focus on the environment here at Inglewood Elementary Environmental Sciences STEAM Magnet School. With the increase in asthma and asthma-related illnesses, lung and heart disease, air quality awareness is increasingly important to our community each and every day. Cherifa McDowell, Teacher
Inglewood Elementary School
Nashville, TN

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This program is supported by the Tennessee Air Flags Committee. Partners include:

American Lung Association logoCumberland Pediatric Partners logoMetro Public Health Department logoTN Asthma Coalition logoTN Dept. of Environment & Conservation logoTN Dept. of Health logo

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