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Special Air Quality Statement Issued for the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County on Tuesday, June 18th

PORT HOPE (June 18, 2024) — The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) is informing the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County that a Special Air Quality Statement has been issued by Environment Canada as the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) will reach a level of 7, indicating high air pollution levels due to hot and sunny conditions.

The forecasted air quality poses potential health risks, particularly for individuals in the at-risk population, including seniors, pregnant individuals, infants, young children, people who work outdoors, and those engaging in strenuous outdoor exercise, are more susceptible to health problems when exposed to air pollution. It is crucial for these individuals to take necessary precautions to safeguard their well-being.

Exposure to air pollutants can lead to a range of symptoms. It is essential to be aware of any health issues that may be aggravated by poor air quality. Symptoms for otherwise healthy individuals may include irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, and difficulty breathing, especially during exercise. Individuals with pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses may experience more severe symptoms specific to their condition.

Organizers of outdoor activities and sporting events should pay close attention to the AQHI and make informed decisions based on air quality. Factors such as the type of activity, level of exertion, and the age and health condition of participants should be considered when determining whether to hold, modify, or reschedule an event. When the health risk reaches a high level (7-10 on the AQHI) rescheduling outdoor events is recommended.

By taking these precautions, you can help protect your health and minimize the risks associated with poor air quality conditions. Find more information, tips and resources at


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