Your Local Air Quality
For Air Quality Advisories in the province go to BC Air Quality.
Air Quality Health Index
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 pollution and make decisions to best protect your health.
Current Air Quality Conditions
The BC Air Quality website contains updated Air Quality Readings for areas throughout the Province. The BC Air Quality site includes the current levels of various air pollutants, as well the current Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), which identifies the health risk associated with local air quality conditions. These levels are updated hourly on the Environment Canada website or in the Provincial Air Quality website. The Index corresponds to the recommendations (below) for outdoor activities for those at risk and the general population.
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Central Okanagan- Air Quality Health Index
|| Air Quality Health Index
* 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*
||Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.
||Ideal air quality for outdoor activities.
||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.
||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.
|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.
If you want to know more about Air Quality Objectives and Standards visit the BC website.
Regional Air Quality Coordinator