Milwaukee County fire departments to fly air quality flags

All MKE County departments are set to participate
Posted at 5:26 PM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 20:29:57-04

Milwaukee County fire departments are keeping an eye on the air quality.

When you drive by your local fire station in Milwaukee you'll certainly notice something new. Flags will now be displayed at each station in the county to help inform the public about air quality.

It's a new partnership between the American Lung Association, the county fire departments and the Department of Natural Resources called the Air Quality Flag Project.

The visible flags will either be in windows or flagpoles. Depending on color families with know if air quality for the day. Green means good. Yellow means moderate. Orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups and red means people should avoid being outside for a long period of time.

Milwaukee is sitting at the top of the list when it comes to good air quality. The ALA says most days are green with some orange, according to their new report. They plan to stay on top of those issues until we have great quality air everyday.

"Little by little we're getting there, it's taken three decades, four decades but I think it's obtainable as long as we keep the Federal Real Clean Air Act strong," said Dona Wininsky with the American Lung Association.

The flags are still being rolled out, but all fire station should have their up in the next couple of days.

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