How to Check Your Air Quality Using Google Maps

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A new tool from Google will help you determine whether or not you want to spend the day outdoors.

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Google has introduced a tool for both iOS and Android that checks your local air quality. The purpose is to help you make an informed decision on whether you should plan on staying indoors on a particular day or steer clear of a potential vacation destination due to wildfires or unusual smog, or if you're good to spend time outside, according to the company.

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Google's new air quality tool will indicate the Air Quality Index (AQI), which is used by governmental agencies to keep the public informed about the daily local pollution levels. The data presented by Google Maps will come from the Environmental Protection Agency and PurpleAir, a network of community scientists who collect hyper-local air quality data and share it with the public.

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How to check air quality on Google Maps

  1. Open Google Maps on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  2. Select the location where you want to check the air quality.
  3. On the top-right corner, tap on the layers icon (two squares stacked on top of each other).
  4. On the slide-out menu and under Map Details, tap Air Quality.
  5. A color-coded AQI score will appear for each location on the map. Tap on a location to see the full air quality data. The lower the score, the better the level of pollution. Anything under 50 is good while anything above 300 is considered to be hazardous.

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