DENVER, CO — Denver health officials aim to reduce asthma rates among children with a $1 million air-quality monitoring program. The initiative has begun with a pilot program at 10 local schools.
Sensors from the Love My Air program are tracking outdoor air quality on the schools’ campuses. Real-time results display on big-screen TVs at the schools, giving students and staff information on each school’s outdoor air quality. The data is also available online for anyone to see.
The data allow principals to make informed decisions, such as limiting recess on days with poor air quality, or encouraging parents to turn off their cars while waiting for their children, health officials said.
Children are more susceptible to poor air quality, including decreased lung function and missed days of school, health officials said.