It’s currently wildfire season, and the smoke in the air is hard to miss. Here are some links to Health Canada resources on wildfire smoke and air quality:
Burning wood is a significant source of air pollution that can be harmful to health.
Estimates of the health burden from wildfire smoke.
- Assessing the health impact of wildfire smoke (blog with summary results)
- Health Impact Analysis of Wildfire Smoke (full report)
Learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.
- Wildfire smoke, air quality and your health
- Wildfire smoke 101: Wildfire smoke and your health
- Wildfire smoke 101: Using a portable air cleaner to filter wildfire smoke
- Wildfire smoke 101: How to prepare for wildfire smoke
- Wildfire smoke 101: Combined wildfire smoke and heat
Learn about residential wood burning and your health:
- Wood Smoke and Your Health
- Burning Clean: It Starts with the Wood
- Wood Smoke: Tips for a Cleaner Burn
The AQHI is a scale designed to help you understand what the quality of the air around you means to your health. It is a tool developed by health and environmental professionals to communicate the health risk posed by air pollution.