Wildfire season: from early April to late October
Smoky condition from wildfire is more and more common in the recent years. As wildfire burns through forests and grasslands, it produces dense smoke that can be a major source of toxic air pollutants.
Smoky conditions are persisting in some parts of #BC, which can impact air quality and pose health risks. The @CDCofBC has some great tips on how you can cope and stay healthy: https://t.co/scEG20pdix— PreparedBC (@PreparedBC) July 31, 2021
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- sore and watery eyes
- runny nose and sinus irritation
- scratchy throat and mild coughing
- shortness of breath
- wheezing (including asthma attacks)
- severe cough
- chest pains
- heart palpitations
Those at greater risk are:
- small children
- pregnant women
- people with lung or heart conditions
- people involved in strenuous outdoor work or sports
During heavy smoke conditions, everyone is at risk regardless of their age or health.
Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)
Source from Government of Canada: Understanding Air Quality Health Index messages
How do you protect yourself from the poor air quality?
- Limit outdoor activity.
- Drink lots of water.
- (At home) Reduce sources of indoor air pollution.
- (At home) Prevent infiltration of outside air.
- Keep vehicle windows closed.
- Check in on others.
- If possible, leave the area.
- Consult your physician.