New public alert makes it easier to understand air quality conditions during wildfire events and year-round

By Environment and Climate Change Canada
Cision Newswire
June 5, 2024
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada

OTTAWA, ON…Last year, Canada experienced its worst season of wildfire events on record, which impacted Canada’s air quality and increased health risks, especially for people with underlying health conditions. In response to public feedback, Environment and Climate Change Canada launched improvements to its air quality forecast and alert system. A new Air Quality Advisory with a red banner notification is now a feature on and the WeatherCan application. The Air Quality Advisory is issued to notify the public when the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is above 10 for three or more hours during wildfire smoke events. This alert represents very high-risk levels, which are typically only experienced due to smoke from wildfire events, and will provide a clear visual cue to Canadians about the severity of the air quality. 

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