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Air Quality

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Kristen Young

on 8 July 2014

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Transcript of Air Quality

Air Quality and You
What is it?
So what?
Now what?
Particulate
Matter

• Tiny particles found in the air
Examples: dust, dirt, smoke
• We breathe it in every day!
• Wear warmer clothes and turn down your thermostat
Carbon
Monoxide
Now what?
What is it?
So what?
• It steals the oxygen from our air
• Invisible, odourless, tasteless, and poisonous gas
Walk, bike, turn off your car
Get a carbon monoxide detector!
What is Air Quality?
What is bad air?
Sulphur
Dioxide
What is it?
So What?
Now What?
• Conserve Energy!!!
• Invisible gas that smells like burnt matches
• Causes breathing problems and throat infections

Nitrogen Dioxide
What is it?
So what?
Now What?
Reddish brown gas with a terrible odour
Most common smog causing waste
• It causes cancer and asthma
• Take it outside!!
What is it?
So what?
Now what?
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
• Use ecofriendly cleaning products,
goggles and gloves
• Gases, vapours and fumes
• Highly toxic
• Burns your skin and eyes
• Causes headaches, dizziness and
nausea
What is it?
So what?
Now what?
Ground
Level Ozone
• Invisible, odourless gas
• Nitrogen dioxide + VOCs+ heat = Ground Level Ozone
Ground level ozone is destroying our forests
• Plant a tree
• Reduce nitrogen dioxide + VOCs
Air Quality Health Index
• The higher the number the worse the air
• Scale from 1-10
• Measures the amount of pollution in the air
Your Healthy Home

Canadians spend 80-90% of their time indoors
• T
here are simple things you can do to make your home a
healthy home

Air quality is calculated by measuring six key pollutants.
1) Particulate Matter
2) Carbon Monoxide
3) Sulphur Dioxide
4) Nitrogen Dioxide
5) Volatile Organic Compounds
6) Ground Level Ozone
The End...
Thank you!
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