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Oxford County Residents Happy with Air Quality

The first report in the 2016 Oxford Health Matters Survey shows residents are happy with our local air quality.

Oxford County Public Health have released the first in a series of reports from the 2016 Oxford Health Matters Survey. 

The survey draws attention to health issues in our community and the first report was on Air Quality, Health and Wood burning. Manager of Foundational Standards Ruth Sanderson tells Heart FM that overall residents seemed pretty happy with our local air quality. 

"Nearly all in fact felt that our local air quality was actually really good. But an area that was really interesting to us is that one third of residents were really unfamiliar with the Air Quality Health Index."

Sanderson says the report also found that almost half of parents of children under 12 do not check the Air Quality Health Index when planning their children's outdoor activities. 

"If the Air Quality Health Index is very high its a good reason to tailor your activities with your children and thinking about is there anything else other than strenuous activity."

The Oxford Health Matters Survey also found that the majority of residents do not burn wood indoors in winter, and just over a third burn wood outdoors in summer, both of which can contribute to poor air quality. 

You can find more information online here. 

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