What to Avoid During Inversion Season

Residents have been warned to avoid outdoor exercise, refrain from wood burning, and reduce driving with the inversion season settling in. Here is coverage from an article about last weeks inversion in the Salt Lake Tribune:

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Winter inversion conditions settle into the Salt Lake Valley obscuring the landscape on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

With the arrival of winter’s first prolonged pollution-trapping weather event, Utah environmental regulators have imposed mandatory actions this week, calling on Wasatch Front residents to minimize driving, refrain from burning wood and take other steps to limit the emissions now filling the valleys.

Levels of fine particulate, or PM2.5, have spiked toward the public health limit set by the federal government in Salt Lake and Davis counties. The Utah Division of Air Quality is forecasting worsening conditions through Friday, when unsettled weather is expected to bring snow and rain and push out pollution.


It is ironic that the inversion sank in to our city with full force on the very day that the EPA is proposing to declare our air as “attainment.” Remember that air pollution increases the severity, lethality, and transmissibility of COVID. Do everything you can to protect yourself.

If you have air purifiers at home, we advise you to keep them on continuously when the air quality goes beyond “Good” or green.