Air Q advisory for Vanderhoof

By Cheryl Jahn
March 4, 2019 - 9:30am

VANDERHOOF - The Ministry of Environment and Northern Health have issued an air quality advisory for Vanderhoof. The advisory was issued due to high levels of fine particulate matter in the airshed. People 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.

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.

Voluntary Emission Reduction Actions:
• Avoid the use of wood stoves and fireplaces unless used as the sole source of residential
• Where woodstoves or fireplaces are the sole sources of residential heat, burn dry wood
and ensure an adequate supply of combustion air.
• Reduce the use and idling of vehicles.

UPDATE: Highway 97 reopens just south of Pine Pass Summit

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