Metro Vancouver has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to wildfire smoke from fires burning in the Pacific Northwest. Smoke concentrations can vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as fire behaviour changes.
Who is most at risk?
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions (ie asthma) should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is over. Exposure is particularly a concern for:
- the elderly
- those who have diabetes
- those with lung disease
- those with heart disease
What symptoms should you watch for?
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, follow the advice of your healthcare provider:
- chest discomfort
- shortness of breath
- coughing or wheezing
- Use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity – if your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce activity.
- Smoke levels may be lower indoors, however levels of smoke particles will still be increased. If you stay indoors, be aware of your symptoms.
- It's also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.
- Stay tuned to local air quality reports, air quality may be poor even though smoke may not be visible.
For general information about smoke and your health, contact HealthLink BC available toll free, 24 hours a day at 8-1-1 or online.
Information about real-time air quality readings and potential health impacts can be found on the Metro Vancouver Air Maps site and www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.
Read the full announcement, from Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment, on the Environment Canada website. https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc42