If instant air quality updates are crucial to you, there's now a service that will send frequent updates to your email inbox. The South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Environmental Protection Agency have teamed up to create EnviroFlash, a free service that provides constantly updated air quality information about your neighborhood.
It also provides tips for minimizing your own contribution to air pollution.
To participate, go to the EPA's EnviroFlash website http://www.enviroflash.info/ and subscribe. You can be notified on a daily basis or only when air pollution reaches a peak.
Air quality readings and forecasts can still be obtained from the AQMD website, or by phoning the automated voice recording system at 1-800-288-7664.
Welcome to EnviroFlash! Air quality affects how you live and breathe. Like the weather, it can change from day to day, or even hour to hour. Up-to-date information allows you to make decisions based on air quality forecasts. EnviroFlash comes to you through a partnership between the US EPA and your state or local air quality agency - notifying you about air quality so you don't have to go searching for it!