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Smoke and Air Quality

Smoke and Air Quality

It’s wildland fire season, which means there is a danger of local fires, and also transport from fires in other parts of the State or even out of State. Anytime you see or smell smoke, know that local air quality has been compromised. For current information, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides Wildfire Smoke Health Advisories and Smoke Forecasts along with more information and resources concerning health risks from wildland fires.

Wildland Fire Air Quality Information

Have You Tested for Radon?

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.  Air Quality Loans are also available to help residents who need to install a radon mitigation system.

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Healthy Homes indoor air quality program

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!

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2018 Lawn and Garden Equipment Rebates

The City wants to help you keep our air clean. From May 1 – July 31 (while funds are available) we’re offering residents up to $50 in rebates.  You can save when you choose any combination of the following ‘clean’ options:  purchase clean lawn and garden equipment from participating local retailers, hire a clean lawn service, or recycle a polluting gas lawnmower.  Online purchases are not eligible.

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Zero Interest Air Quality Loans

The City of Fort Collins will no longer be offering zero interest air quality loans.

Air Quality Surveys and Reports

The Environmental Services Department conducts periodic Air Quality/Climate/Recycling Surveys to identify citizens’ beliefs and attitudes about environmental issues, help staff assess current programs, and gather input that will give direction to planning and outreach efforts.

Full Surveys and Reports are Available Here

Indoor Air Pollution

We spend over 90% of our lives indoors (at home, school, work, in our cars, etc). It makes sense that we keep our indoor air as clean as possible.  While we most often focus on outdoor air pollution, there are many pollutants indoors that deserve equal attention and action.

  • Indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air.
  • Ninety percent (90%) or more of each day is spent in our home, school, workplace, or car.
  • The elderly, the very young, pregnant women, and those with allergies, asthma and other respiratory ailments are often the first to notice indoor air pollution problems.
  • Indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental health risks.
  • Small changes can make a big impact on the quality of indoor air.

A safe and pleasant indoor "world" can often be achieved by making simple changes to your everyday routine.

Healthy Homes Indoor Air Quality Assessments

Fugitive Dust Prevention and Control

“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.

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Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas created during the natural decay of uranium in the soil. Radon is everywhere, and Colorado has higher concentrations than other regions. Radon gas is drawn into homes and other buildings through cracks and openings in basements, crawl spaces and slabs. Radon levels vary from house to house and have nothing to do with age, quality or upkeep of the home.

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