Air quality and smoky skies
This message was sent to all faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan on behalf of Campus Operations and Risk Management.
28 July, 2021
A message from Shelley Kayfish, Director, Campus Operations and Risk Management, UBC Okanagan
Forest fires burning in and around BC have contributed to reduced air quality in the region. Today, the Central Okanagan Air Quality Health Index is at level 5 (Moderate Risk 5, except 10+ High Risk in Smoke).
All air coming into Okanagan campus buildings through air intakes is filtered. To ensure that the air-handling systems can work efficiently, please keep all windows and doors to the outside closed.
When the air quality health index rises to moderate or higher levels, staff and faculty with chronic underlying medical conditions are advised to postpone strenuous activities in outdoor spaces. Exposure to poor air quality is of concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart conditions.
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