Golden Air Quality October 12 to 19, 2018

Golden Air Quality Readings October 12 to 19, 2018 Slash burning on the west bench south of Golden contributed to particulate air pollution during the second week in October 2018. Monday and Tuesday saw spikes in PM2.5 even at the town air monitoring station near the hospital.The venting index looked good when these fires were lit, however there were many […]

Current Air Quality Readings in Golden

Current Air Quality Readings in Golden

How to find current and past data on air quality in Golden BC   The BC Ministry of Environment operates an air quality monitoring station in Golden. This station, located next to Golden hospital helipad, measures fine particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) in the air. It gives us an idea of the air quality in the area around the hospital. […]

Air Quality and Health Forum Golden October 16 2018

Air Quality and Health Forum Golden October 16 2018

    You are invited to attend a Public Forum on: Air Quality and Health in Golden Tuesday, October 16th  6 to 8 pm  at the Golden Senior’s Centre The BC Lung Association and the Golden and District Air Quality Committee is hosting a community forum in Golden due to the continued high levels of air pollution measured at the monitoring […]

Golden Air Quality Sept 21 to 28, 2018

Fine airborne particulates were quite low in Golden for the week of September 21 to 28. A couple of spikes occurred in the evenings as people lit wood stoves due to cooling temperatures. As this heating season begins, please consider the health effects of wood smoke, and make sure you burn your stove with little or no visible smoke.   […]

Health Effects of Wood Smoke

Health Effects of Wood Smoke

Wood smoke contains a number of hazardous chemical substances such as carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) (including potential carcinogens such as benzo[a]pyrene), and inhalable particulate matter (PM). The chemical composition and quantity of contaminants emitted depends on how the wood is burned. Conditions that burn wood as completely as possible, […]