On average, Canadians spend 90 per cent of their time indoors. For this reason, our indoor air quality is an important health concern.
Everyone's health can be affected by indoor air quality problems. People with asthma, allergies or lung disease can be greatly affected by poor indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can affect development in children and has been linked to lung disease later in life.
Air pollution can occur anywhere. Some of the most common sources of outdoor air pollution include motor vehicles, fires and industrial facilities.
Air pollution is a major public health concern because it can cause lung and other diseases. In fact over 7 million people die each year in the world from air pollution.
Pollutants of major public health concern include particulate matter, carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Both outdoor and indoor air pollution cause respiratory and other diseases, which can be fatal.