An air quality advisory has been issued for Vanderhoof due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter.
The advisory is expected to continue through the day.
People with chronic underlying medical conditions should avoid strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.
Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
Tips to reduce your personal health risk:
Avoid roads with heavy vehicle traffic and areas with wood smoke.
Continue to manage medical conditions such as asthma, chronic respiratory disease, and heart failure. If symptoms continue to be bothersome, seek medical attention.
Use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity; if your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity.
Maintaining good overall health is a good way to reduce health risks resulting from short-term exposure to air pollution.
For persons with chronic underlying medical conditions:
Residents with asthma or other chronic illness should activate their asthma or personal care plan.
Stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed and reduce indoor sources of pollution such as smoking, vacuuming and use of wood stoves.
Run an air cleaner. Some room air cleaners, such as HEPA filters, can help reduce indoor particulate levels provided they are the right size for your home and filters are changed regularly.
Take shelter in air-conditioned buildings which have large indoor volumes and limited entry of outdoor air.
Voluntary Emission Reduction Actions:
Where woodstoves or fireplaces are the sole source of residential heat, burn dry wood and ensure an adequate supply of combustion air.
Reduce the use and idling of vehicles.