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Special air quality statement issued
July 6, 2016 -
The City of Kingston is forwarding this Special Air Quality Statement. For more climate actions you can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions see www.CityofKingston.ca/climateaction.
A Special Air Quality Statement* has been issued jointly by Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the following forecast region(s):
Issued For: Wednesday July 6, 2016
- Belleville - Quinte - Northumberland
- Kingston - Prince Edward
- Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes
- York - Durham
For more details visit the Air Quality Ontario website at: www.airqualityontario.com
A Special Air Quality Statement is in place due to possible high levels of air pollution expected today. Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations this afternoon in the above region(s). Moderate risk AQHI values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short term high risk AQHI values this afternoon.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. If you, or someone in your care, develop symptoms, reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities where ever possible until the air quality improves.
When the Air Quality Health Index is forecast to reach, or has reached, the high risk category for one to two hours, a Special Air Quality Statement will be issued. A Special Air Quality Statement will also be issued for areas where forest fire smoke is expected to cause deteriorating air quality.
Spare the Air Actions
During a Special Air Quality Statement, there are a number of actions that you can
take to help spare the air.
Travel tips - all year round:
- leave your car at home - walk, cycle, carpool or take public transit
- tele-conference instead of driving to meetings
- limit car trips by doing all your errands at once, and do not let your engine idle
- keep your car well tuned, check your tire pressure and drive at moderate speeds
- avoid exposure to vehicle exhaust fumes
- consult your doctor for specific health advice
- wear light clothing at work while air conditioning is reduced
- avoid strenuous exercise in the heat of the day
Electricity saving tips:
- save electricity at home by setting your air conditioner temperature a few degrees higher (health permitting) and turning off lights you are not using
Other pollution reduction tips:
- leave lawn mowing for another day
- restrict the use of gasoline-powered equipment
- delay using oil-based paints, solvents and cleaners
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