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The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is for everyone. The AQHI provides a number from 1 to 10 to indicate the level of relative health risk associated with local air quality.

 

Planning Outdoor Activities with the AQHI

Each individual reacts differently to air pollution. If you are part of the at risk population, use the AQHI to assess the immediate risk air pollution poses to your health and take steps to lessen that risk. Even if you are relatively healthy, fit and active, you can consult the AQHI to decide when and how much activity to undertake outdoors.

AQHI Forecasts

The AQHI also forecasts health risks from air quality for tonight and tomorrow. Check the AQHI in your community before heading off to work or play, and use the forecasts to plan your activities, whether over the next hour or the next day.

AQHI Health Messages

Each level of health risk is associated with a pair of health messages for at risk and general populations. It suggests steps we can take to reduce our pollution exposure.

Health Risk Air Quality
Health Index
Health Messages
At Risk Population General Population
Low Risk 1 – 3 Enjoy your usual outdoor activities. Ideal air quality for outdoor activities.
Moderate Risk 4 – 6 Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you are experiencing symptoms. No need to modify your usual outdoor activities unless you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
High Risk 7 – 10 Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also take it easy. Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
Very High Risk Above 10 Avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also avoid outdoor physical exertion. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

More Information

For more information about the Air Quality Health Index visit the Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development website. To learn more about who monitors the air quality for our area, visit the Peace Airshed Zone Association website.

Last updated: 8/24/2016 9:45:40 AM