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Air pollution is a concern for everyone who breathes. Air quality is of even more importance for those living with lung disease and those who work or exercise outdoors.
The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change provides air quality readings in different areas of the province through the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI).
The AQHI is an important tool that can help guide you in reducing your risks from the effects of air pollution. It’s now available throughout Ontario, providing current and forecast air quality readings and guidance on health risks.
The AQHI measures these three important pollutants:
The AQHI scale goes from 1 to 10+. The lower the number, the better the air quality and the lower the health risk from outdoor air pollution. The scale below shows the AQHI values and their associated colours, and the categories from “low risk” to “very high risk”.
Use the chart below for steps to take based on the AQHI level and whether or not you are in the “at risk population”.
Follow these tips to protect your lungs and breathing from air pollution:
Protect your breathing by accessing your local AQHI readings at www.airhealth.ca