Environment Canada issues a Special Air Quality Statement whenever there is the possibility of poor air quality.
Some weather causes an increase in something called “ground-level ozone concentrations.” These make moderate risk air quality levels possible.
During this time, individuals may experience symptoms such as:
- increased coughing
- throat irritation
- shortness of breath
Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk!
What should you do if you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation? Reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted!
Note: Exposure to air pollution is a serious health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly.
Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast Air Quality values.