Air quality alert for entire region
Environment Canada this morning (August 19) issued another special air quality statement covering the entire East Kootenay.
The following regions are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 – 48 hours: East Kootenay, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, West Kootenay, Kootenay Lake, West Columbia, East Columbia, Arrow Lakes and Slocan Lake.
Wildfire activity over the past 24 hours has contributed to increased haze and smoke over sections of southeast B.C.
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.
Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.
People with pre-existing health conditions, respiratory infections such as COVID-19, older adults, pregnant women and infants, children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.
People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.
If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. Learn more.
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