Friday, August 7, 2020

Special air quality statement issued across Chatham-Kent

A special air quality statement has been issued in Chatham-Kent, as elevated ozone levels are expected this afternoon.

Environment Canada officials say moderate risk AQHI values are expected today, July 7, 2020 with the potential for short-term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon.

“These conditions may occur Wednesday afternoon as well,” Environment Canada officials say.

“People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.”

Environment Canada officials say active people of all ages who exercise or work outdoors are at increased risk to the health effects posed by air pollution.

“Be air aware and know the best times to be active outdoors by using the AQHI to plan your day,” Environment Canada officials stated.

Visit for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

Issued by Environment Canada and the Province of Ontario

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