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Air quality advisory issued for Prince George

The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Northern Health Authority has issued an air quality advisory for Prince George due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter.

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, following the advice of your health care provider. 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.

The City of Prince George’s Clean Air Bylaw prohibits all open burning, including backyard burning and land clearing burning. During advisories recreational fires and street sweeping activities are prohibited plus the use of wood-burning appliances, except for sole wood burning heat users. Industry is asked to reduce emissions wherever possible during the air quality advisory.

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