Through the Environmental Protection Agency's Healthy Communities Grant Program, the Stratford Health Department has partnered with multiple community organizations in Stratford and Bridgeport, CT to raise awareness of outdoor air quality. The Air Quality Flag Program alerts organizations to the local air quality forecast and helps them to take actions to protect people’s health, including those with asthma.
Here's how it works: each day community partners across Bridgeport and Stratford hang a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI): green, yellow, orange, red, and purple.
On unhealthy days, outdoor physical activities should be adjusted to help reduce exposure to air pollution and protect health, while still keeping people active.