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Dealing with Smoky Days

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  • Posted: August 20th, 2018

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    By: Skyhawks

    smokeSmokey days from wildfires in the late summer months have become the norm over the past few years. Your child’s health is our #1 concern, and Skyhawks has a number of steps in place to handle days with less-than-ideal air quality. First and foremost - your child’s health is our #1 concern. Skyhawks tires to avoid canceling or rescheduling camps, but the AQI (air quality index, more on that later) reaches a certain point, we will do so to protect our campers. 

    On smoky days, Skyhawks uses the AQI (Air Quality Index) and the EPA’s AirNow conditions as a reference for determining the need to relocate, reschedule, or cancel camps. According to the EPA, there are six air quality categories that range from Good to Unhealthy and Hazardous. When the “Unhealthy” range is reached, Skyhawks works with our partner organizations to try and find an indoor location if possible and avoid cancellations. Generally speaking, moving to an indoor location will provide a healthy enough environment for our campers when the AQI is in the “Unhealthy” range. However, ordinances in some areas require cancellation of outdoor activities for youth once the AQI reaches the “Unhealthy” level. No matter what, when the AQI passes into the “Hazardous” range even moving inside won’t provide a healthy enough environment, and that’s when we start canceling camps for the day.

    If you have a child in a program that needs to be relocated or canceled, Skyhawks customer service will be in contact with you via email or phone. We’ll let you know as soon as is possible so you can plan accordingly. 

    If you have any concerns about your child’s upcoming camp(s), please give us a call at 800.804-3509 and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to answer any questions.

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