Air quality advisory issued for Prince George

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with Northern Health has issued an air quality advisory for Prince George due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter(PM2.5).This advisory remains in effect until further notice.

Exposure to fine particulate matter is of particular concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. If you are experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing, follow the advice of your health care provider. Staying indoors helps to reduce exposure to fine particulate matter.

The City of Prince George’s Clean Air Bylaw prohibits all open burning, including back-yard burning, and land clearing burning. During air quality advisories, this bylaw also prohibits recreational fires, use of wood-burning appliances (except for sole wood burning heat users), and street sweeping activties (unless approved by an Authorized Person). Industry is asked to reduce emissions wherever possible during the advisory.

Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at www.bcairquality.ca

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

Exposure to air pollution is particularly a concern for children, the elderly, and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.

If you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation, consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted. Exposure to air pollution is particularly a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly.

For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.