What can the AQHI tell me about the health risks I may experience due to the current local air quality? What are its limitations in this regard?
The Air Quality Health Index provides a number from 1 to 10+ to indicate the level of health risk associated with local air quality. Occasionally, when the amount of air pollution is abnormally-high, the number may exceed 10.
The higher the number, the greater the health risk and our need to take precautions.
The index describes the level of health risk associated with this number as ‘low’, ‘moderate’, ‘high’ or ‘very high’, and suggests steps we can take to reduce our exposure.
It also forecasts local air quality for today and tomorrow and provides associated health advice. .
The index does not measure the effects of odour, pollen, dust, heat or humidity on your health.
You can refer to the Air Quality Health Index to check the quality of outdoor air in your community before heading off to work or play. And you can use the forecasts to plan your activities, whether over the next hour or the next day.
Seniors, parents of children with asthma, and people suffering from diabetes, heart or lung disease, can use the index to assess the immediate risk air pollution poses to your health and take steps to lessen that risk.
Even if you’re relatively healthy, fit and active, you can consult the index to decide when and how much to exercise or work outdoors.
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