What is a Smog Advisory?
 
Smog Advisory Days are declared, and the Smog Advisory Response Plan is triggered, when the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 50 or more. For more information on smog advisories recorded for Hamilton, visit the Ministry of Environment Website.
 
What are some of the Health-Related Effects of Poor Air Quality?
 
There are significant health-related impacts to the community as a result of Smog. It is particularly harmful to children, seniors, pregnant women, people with heart and lung conditions and smokers. Smog can cause:
 
  • Eye, Ear and Nose Irritation


  • Wheezing, Shortness of Breath and Coughing


  • Lowered Resistance to Infections and Illness
What can you do to Protect Your Health during Smog Advisories?
 
The Medical Officer of Health advises residents who suffer from allergies, asthma, heart disease, emphysema or chronic bronchitis that their symptoms may be made worse by exposure to smog. Residents are also encouraged:
 
  • To Avoid Strenuous Activities


  • Try to Remain Indoors in Cool Places


  • If you Must be Outdoors, Schedule your Activities for Early Morning when Pollution Levels are Lower


  • Avoid the Sun and High Traffic Areas, and to Drink Plenty of Water
What can you do to Improve Air Quality?
 
Residents have a role to play in improving air quality in the region and can become involved in initiatives that include:
 
  • Reducing use of Personal Vehicles by Carpooling, Walking, Biking or taking Public Transit


  • Reducing Energy Consumption - Adjust your Air Conditioner to a Warmer Temperature


  • Not using Gas Lawn Mowers on Smog Advisory Days


  • Not using Oil-Based Paints on Smog Advisory Days


  • Fill your Car Gas Tanks in the Evening Only


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