What’s your number?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since we first launched the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in our province.  This week, we are pleased to welcome residents of Bruderheim, Elk Island, Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont, Genesee, Tomahawk, andFort Chipewyan to the online air quality forecasting system.

Albertans are fortunate to experience good air quality most of the time.  But there are times when smoke from forest fires or smog can make it difficult to breathe. For those who suffer from asthma or respiratory problems, it’s top-of-mind.

The AQHI takes into account common air pollutants like sulphur dioxide, ozone, and odours.  It even measures visibility.  Even better, the forecasting feature allows you to check out air conditions for today, tonight and tomorrow.

A simple scale from one to 10 helps you instantly know what to expect when heading outdoors.  Similar to the UV scale we’re all familiar with – know the number and you’ll know what SPF to wear – the AQHI ranking can help you determine if today is really the best day to train for that marathon or if you should just take it easy and stay indoors.

The AQHI is easy-to-use and available to all Albertans, so try it out for yourself at http://www.environment.alberta.ca/apps/aqhi/aqhi.aspx.

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