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Dust advisory issued for Prince George

An air quality statement remains in effect for Prince George and Vanderhoof as smoky skies persist. Bill Phillips photo

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

Exposure to PM2.5 is particularly a 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 near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. If you are experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest dis-comfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing, follow the advice of your health care provider.

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 street sweeping activities (unless approved by an Authorized Person), recreational fires, and use of wood-burning appliances (except for sole wood burning heat users). 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

Children, including teenagers, are at higher risk from outdoor air pollution because they often spend time being active outdoors. Young people are more likely to have asthma and their lungs are still developing.

You can help reduce outdoor air pollution by leaving the car at home and using a transportation alternative such as walking, cycling, carpooling or public transportation.

For more information on current air quality, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

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