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Ministry of Health

Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

People spend most of their time indoors – be it at home, school, the workplace, stores or recreational places. Many contaminants in the indoor environment can result in poor indoor air quality, which, in turn, can affect our health. These include:

  • bacteria
  • carbon monoxide
  • dust mites
  • formaldehyde
  • mould
  • radon gas
  • tobacco smoke
  • volatile organic compounds
  • wood smoke

For information on the sources and impacts of indoor air pollution, and how you can protect yourself, visit your health authority's web site. If you are interested in learning more about radon gas, see Radon.

You can also review the HealthLink BC Files or look at the other resources and publications in the right-hand navigation bar on this page.

Outdoor Air Quality

To learn about outdoor air quality in the province, see BC Air Quality. The Air Quality Health Index outlines the current and forecast air quality in your area, and health precautions you should take if the air quality is poor.