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Your Local Air Quality 

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The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a national monitoring system that measures important pollutants and translates the measurements into an easy to understand scale. This scale identifies the health risk to individuals and is an important tool to help you understand the impact of local air quality and make decisions to best protect your health.

The Index

AQHI

The level of health risk is illustrated with a numeric scale and is updated hourly on the Provincial Air Quality website. The Index corresponds to the recommendations (below) for outdoor activities for those at risk and the general population.

Activity Recommendations 

Health Risk  Air Quality Health Index
Health Messages

* People with heart or breathing problems are at greater risk. Follow your doctor's usual advice about exercising and managing your condition.

 

At Risk Population*

General Population

 Low 1-3  Enjoy your usual outdoor activities. Ideal air quality for outdoor activities.
Moderate 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 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 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.

Find out how you can help reduce pollutants that affect your health

Contact Us

Regional Air Quality Coordinator
airquality@kelowna.ca
250 469-8408

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