In the United States, the EPA has created what is known as the Air Quality Index which measures and reports on air quality. While the intention of the Air Quality Index (AQI) when it was initially developed was to protect the general public from hazardous levels of pollutants that may be present in the ozone, the AQI has since been expanded to govern the use of emergency backup power generators.
Policies vary by individual states and cities, but all have in place codes which govern when emergency backup generators may be tested. It is important that you be familiar with your region’s air quality restrictions. Also, you need to regularly check the AQI for your area before running certain testing or maintenance procedures.
CHECKING YOUR AIR QUALITY
Select your state from the list below in order to check your air quality. If you do not see your city, you can always head over to AirNow.gov to check.