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'High Risk' Air Quality Expected in Oxford County

Ontario's Air Quality Health Index forecasts a high risk to air quality on today through to Thursday in the region.

OXFORD COUNTY- Ontario's Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) forecasts a high risk to air quality for Oxford County and Elgin County. 

Today, the Ontario Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks reported a low health risk (level 3) and moderate risk (level 5) in areas of the region.

The AQHI for the region is forecast to rise to high health risk (level 7-8) this evening through to Thursday. 

This is due to the smoke from the ongoing forest fires in Quebec and northeastern Ontario. 

Residents in Oxford County, Elgin County, and the City of St. Thomas are recommended to monitor the AQHI to evaluate the risk of smoke pollution to their health, as conditions and health risks could change quickly.

For the general population, it is recommended to reduce strenuous or prolonged outdoor activities. Also consider:

• Staying inside if you have breathing difficulties.

• Being sure the house does not get too warm when windows and doors are closed to keep smoke out.

• Wearing a respiratory mask (N95, KN95) when outdoors is not the best way to protect your health during a smoke event and can provide a false sense of security.

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