Air in Canada
By: Tristan Chow
You have most likely heard of Canada's wildfires, as of now there have been over 4000 this year. While this means that the air quality isn’t the best, how bad is it? Wildfire smoke is one thing that could negatively affect the air we breathe, so much wildfire smoke can lead to the decrease of your health. You can even catch colds from wildfire smoke if you breathe in too much. One way to check for air quality is by using the Air Quality Health Index which shows the real time air quality.
The AQHI is a measurement that Canadian officials use to help the public understand how healthy the air is in communities across the country. This is very helpful for the safety of the Canadians that live there, and the number is just an easier way. Low risk (1-3), means that it is very safe and just normal. Moderate risk (4-6) this means that people in these areas should stay indoors and avoid physical activities for the time being. High risk (7-10) this is when schools start to cancel outdoor activity for the safety of the children. Very high risk (10+) this is when everyone in the area considers to stop going outside as it would be harmful.
There is a number from 1-11 and the higher the number the worse the air quality. An example of this is in Inuvik. Inuvik is a place in Canada with an AQHI number of 11. This means that the air quality is extremely bad. If a person were to live there, they would have to be very careful of even going outside. Another example is Whitehorse, Whitehorse is another city in Canada with an air quality of 1. This means that their air is very good, and from their low number, you could assume that not many wildfires happen there.
This is a way to stay safe in Canada.