Uncontrolled local and regional wildland fires can dramatically increase local pollution levels. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides updated Wildfire Smoke Health Advisories and Smoke Forecasts which includes any active wildland fires affecting the Fort Collins area. Learn more about wildland fires, how they can impact Fort Collins air quality, and how you can minimize smoke inhalation during a fire incident here.
The American Lung Association in Colorado is fighting for cleaner air by providing vouchers to help replace or retrofit old wood and coal stove appliances with new, efficient, EPA-certified appliances. Residents and businesses in Fort Collins (and all of Larimer County) that use older wood or coal burning heating appliances for primary or significant heat are eligible for a voucher of $400 - $3,000, depending on the type of replacement appliance and income level. Apply for a voucher now!
“Fugitive dust” consists primarily of soil particles in the air due to wind or human activities such as excavation, demolition, and abrasive blasting. Uncontrolled dust is not only a nuisance, but can cause other issues in terms of health, safety and aesthetics. For example, dust can cause respiratory illness, decrease visibility, and cause damage to property and machinery. On May 3, 2016 the City of Fort Collins City Council unanimously passed Ordinance No. 044, 2016, which amended Chapter 12 of the Code of the City of Fort Collins. This ordinance, more commonly known as the Fugitive Dust Ordinance, creates new requirements for all owners and operators of dust generating activities to control off-property or off-vehicle transport of fugitive dust. The ordinance became effective on November 1, 2016.
Did you know that testing your home for radon is simple and life-saving? The City of Fort Collins encourages all citizens to test their homes for radon. The most recently calculated data tells us that approximately 500 lung cancer deaths occur yearly in Colorado due to radon exposure. Inexpensive radon test kits are available at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr., and the Fort Collins Development Review Center, 281 N. College Ave. Air Quality Loans are also available to help residents who need to install a radon mitigation system or to upgrade an inefficient wood stove or fireplace. Learn more about radon today!
The Healthy Homes program is a free, volunteer-driven program that helps families improve the indoor air quality of their homes. Through awareness and education, the Healthy Homes program provides low-cost or no-cost solutions that help residents create a healthier home. Residents can request to have (2) certified Master Home Educators conduct a FREE healthy home assessment. The assessment focuses on biological pollutants, chemical contaminants, and safety hazards and residents can receive conservation gifts that promote sustainability in their home. Call (970) 416-2832 to sign-up for an assessment today!