Air Quality Health Index Now Avaiable Across Ontario
As we move into the hot, hazy days of summer, air pollution becomes a concern for everyone who breathes, particularly people who work or exercise outdoors or who have a lung disease.
That’s why everyone should check the new Air Quality Health Index at www.airhealth.ca. It’s now available throughout the province, providing current and forecast air quality readings and information on health risks. The index runs from 1 to 10+. A low reading means the health risk is low.
Here are some tips from the Ontario Lung Association on how to protect your lungs when the AQHI starts to rise:
• Reschedule outdoor physical activities or exercise indoors.
• Avoid areas with high pollution, near major roads, for example.
• Ask your health-care provider about protecting your lungs when air quality is poor.
If you have questions about air pollution and its health impacts, call The Lung Association Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.