Air Quality Could Make Breathing a Challenge for Some Residents

Written by admin, July 7, 2016


July 7, 2016 – With today’s Special Air Quality Statement, Peterborough Public Health is reminding residents to take precautions to protect their health and reduce air pollution.

The Special Air Quality Statement was issued jointly on July 6, 2016 by Environment Canada and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the City of Peterborough, Lakefield, and southern Peterborough County.

This Special Air Quality Statement is in place due to possible high levels of air pollution. Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations this afternoon.  Moderate risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short-term high risk AQHI values this afternoon.  For more information on the AQHI please go to

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.

Health tips:

  • 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

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For further information, please contact:

Wanda Tonus
Public Health Inspector
705-743-1000, ext. 285