How can I benefit from the
"Air Quality Index"?
The purpose of the AQI is to help us connect our health to the air quality of the region we live in.
If the AQI value is 100, it usually corresponds to the national air quality standard. An index value below 100 generally indicates a
good situation. The higher the AQI is, the higher the air pollution is and the higher the risk to public health risk. An AQI value over
300 indicates that air quality is poor and, consequently, the risks to health are high.
|AIR QUALITY INDEX (AQI)
|When AQI falls in the following range
||Air quality is
||Symbolised by the following colors
|Air quality is considered satisfactory, air pollution is low and poses little or no health risk.
|Air quality is acceptable, but for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a small number of people. For
example, in individuals who are very sensitive to ozone pollutants, some respiratory symptoms may be observed.
||Unhealthy for sensitive
|Members of sensitive groups are particularly vulnerable to certain pollutants. This group is more likely to be affected, even at
these lower levels, than the general public. For example, people with respiratory diseases will be exposed to higher risks due
to their exposure to ozone pollutants; people with heart disease, for instance, will be at a higher risk due to their exposure to
particulate pollutants in the air. The general public, however, are not likely to be affected by an AQI in this range.
|Everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
||Purple / Pink
|It is a trigger point for the health alarm. Everyone is at risk of more serious health effects.
|It is a trigger point for emergency health warnings. All segments of society will most likely be affected.