Number of children who currently have asthma: 6.2 million (National Center for Health Statistics).
Percent of children who currently have asthma: 8.4% (National Center for Health Statistics).
Number of deaths: 3,651 (National Center for Health Statistics).
The air quality in Utah has improved in recent years.
slcair.communication.utah.edu has collected data on the quality of Utah's air for the past 35 years. They calculate the average yearly air quality and put it on a scale from "Good" to "Hazardous" (35 Years Air of Salt Lake City).
For most of the last 35 years, the yearly average was in the "Moderate" range with a few years where the average was "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" (35 Years Air of Salt Lake City).
However, in 2014, in average made it down to the "Good" range. (35 Years Air of Salt Lake City).
For more detailed information, check out http://slcair.communication.utah.edu/.
Asthma can be treated in two way; quick relief and long term control (Childhood Asthma 45-46).
Quick relief treatments include things like inhalers. Some inhalers can be purchased over the counter. others require a prescription from a doctor (Childhood Asthma 47).
Long term medications come in many forms. The most common ones for children are Corticosteroids administered in liquid form or via a neutralizer (Childhood Asthma 48).
Use Public Transportation!
Personal cars are one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases in Utah. Taking a bus or train a few times a week can help cut down on personal carbon emissions!
If Public Transportation isn't a good option, find someone to carpool with! Every time two people carpool takes one car off the road! This means less carbon pollution and healthier air!
Don't Burn Wood!
Burning wood releases large amounts of harmful gases into the air. These gases include, "benzene, formaldhyde, acrolein and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) (Wood Smoke and Your Health 1).The public health risks are even worse during inversion season. There are many cleaner and more efficient ways to warm your home. Avoid burning wood whenever possible.
Ride a Bike!
Salt Lake City has set up Greenbike Stations near the downtown area! Just take a bike and ride it to the station nearest to your destination! Using these stations will help improve health, help save on gas, and help clean up the air (General Questions 2)!
Invest in Alternative Energy!
Today it is more affordable that ever to put solar panels on a house! Most of the electricity purchased for homes in Utah is produced from burning coal. Burning coal is a large source of air pollution that intensifies the affects of an inversion and climate change. Putting solar panels on a home helps reduce the amount of coal burned and reduces pollution!
Use Less Electricity!
If putting solar panels on your roof isn't a good option, try reducing the amount of electricity that you use daily. Turn off lights when no one is in the room! Open windows and use natural light during the day!
Energy Efficient Appliances!
The next time you have to replace an appliance in your house, keep in mind that some appliances are more efficient than others. More efficient appliances means using next energy, which means burning less coal and less carbon emissions!
Plan Your Day Around the Air Quality!
If it's a bad air quality day. Try to be more conscientious about the choices your making and how they affect the environment. Try a bit harder to make the bus route work, arrange a carpool, or use less electricity in your home!