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Air Quality Health Index
The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) reported by the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) provides an estimate of the short-term health risk of air pollution for public reference, so that members of the public may take precautionary measures to protect their health. Those who want to take part in water activities at the water sports centres are advised to take note of the AQHI and assess their own suitability for such activities. Below is information on some of the AQHI bands, which can also be found on the application forms and the Users Guide of the centres:


(a)
"High" health risk category (Air Quality Health Index of 7)
[Activities will be held as scheduled at the water sports centre.]
 

The EPD advises those with existing heart illnesses (such as coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases) or respiratory illnesses (such as asthma and chronic obstructive airways diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), children and the elderly to reduce outdoor physical exertion, and to reduce the time of their stay outdoors, especially in areas with heavy traffic.  Participants with existing heart or respiratory illnesses should also seek advice from a medical doctor before participating in sports activities and take more breaks during physical activities.  As the health effects on individuals may vary, participants should seek advice from a medical doctor if they are in doubt or feel uncomfortable.

 
(b)
"Very High" health risk category (Air Quality Health Index of 8-10)
[Activities will be held as scheduled at the water sports centre.]
 

The EPD advises those with existing heart illnesses (such as coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases) or respiratory illnesses (such as asthma and chronic obstructive airways diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), children and the elderly to reduce to the minimum outdoor physical exertion, and to reduce to the minimum the time of their stay outdoors, especially in areas with heavy traffic.  The general public is advised to reduce outdoor physical exertion, and to reduce the time of their stay outdoors, especially in areas with heavy traffic.  As the health effects on individuals may vary, participants should seek advice from a medical doctor if they are in doubt or feel uncomfortable.

 
(c)
"Serious"health risk category (Air Quality Health Index exceeding 10)
[Activities will be held as scheduled at the water sports centre.]
 

The EPD advises those with existing heart illnesses (such as coronary heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases) or respiratory illnesses (such as asthma and chronic obstructive airways diseases including chronic bronchitis and emphysema), children and the elderly to avoid outdoor physical exertion, and to avoid staying outdoors, especially in areas with heavy traffic.  The general public is advised to reduce to the minimum outdoor physical exertion, and to reduce to the minimum the time of their stay outdoors, especially in areas with heavy traffic.  As the health effects on individuals may vary, participants should seek advice from a medical doctor if they are in doubt or feel uncomfortable.

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