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Risks and Triggers

Air Quality

Air quality, both indoors and outdoors, affects everyone and their breathing. This is especially the case for people with existing lung conditions. Become familiar with the different risks air quality can pose that can impact you and your family.

Indoor air quality

We spend most of our time indoors, whether this is in the home, workplace or school. It is important that the air we breathe indoors is as healthy as possible for our lung health. Every person is affected by poor indoor air quality, especially those with lung disease.

Risk and triggers

  • Gas appliances can release dangerous gases and particles in the air putting your breathing at risk
  • Damp areas like the kitchen provide the right environment for mould to grow
  • Many household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals hazardous to your health
  • Air fresheners can release a variety of chemicals contributing to your indoor air pollution
  • Make sure your bathroom exhaust fan is working properly to help keep the moisture away

Learn more about potential triggers for poor indoor air quality by visiting YourHealthyHome.ca. You will discover what types of indoor air quality problems may be found in a typical home. Once you find out about these triggers, take action to improve your indoor air quality as much as possible.

Outdoor air quality

The air outside can be affected by smog, vehicles, industrial activities, or natural events such as forest fires. Every year, thousands of people get sick or die from exposure to air pollution.
Air pollution can affect every area of the province since pollutants can travel across large distances. Extreme weather events have also been happening more often due to climate change which can affect everyone’s breathing. Examples include:

  • more forest fires → smoke particles drifting across larger areas
  • greater levels of precipitation → flooding and mould growth
  • new species of plants growing → different types of pollen
  • extreme temperature changes → affects those with lung disease