There’s an Air Quality Advisory in effect for Smithers, Telkwa, Houston, and Burns Lake.
High concentrations of both course PM10 and fine particulate PM25 are expected to persist under current weather and road dust conditions.
Northern Health advises people to avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
Staying indoors with windows and doors closed helps to reduce exposure. Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
While health effects are often more apparent during air quality advisories, the majority of adverse health effects are due to long term exposure of fine particulates at levels well below those that trigger air quality advisories.
Smithers, Houston, and Burns Lake Clean Air Bylaw prohibits the use of wood-burning appliances, except for Sole Wood Burning Heat Users, when an Air Quality Advisory is in effect.
For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.