Stafford's Air Quality Worsens – Stay Inside if Possible

Stafford County’s Air Quality Index (AQI) has been updated to “Purple – Unhealthy Category.” According to Stafford County Emergency Management, conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon. Weather changes later this afternoon or evening should positively impact the air quality. Precipitation and wind could help clear out the particulates. The best plan is to stay indoors if possible.

The Purple designation means:

  • Everyone avoids long or intense activities outdoors. Consideration should be made for rescheduling/canceling outdoor activities or moving them indoors.
  • Sensitive Groups (Older adults, children, pregnant women, and those with respiratory or heart conditions) should avoid all physical activity outdoors. Please reschedule when the Air Quality has improved to avoid severe health effects.

Some important tips per Emergency Management:

  • If you go outdoors, an N95/KN95 mask, a disposable surgical mask, a bandana or cloth face covering are all acceptable for filtering the air. 
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, staying inside with closed windows may be dangerous in extremely hot weather. Going somewhere with air conditioning, like the mall or a public building, is better.

Stafford County will continue to update the public as information is available.