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Air quality advisory added to yesterday’s dust advisory

An air quality advisory and a dust advisory has been issued for Prince George. Bill Phillips photo
An air quality advisory and a dust advisory has been issued for Prince George. Bill Phillips photo

In addition to the dust advisory issued yesterday, 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 particulate matter (PM 2.5). This advisory remains in effect until further notice.

Exposure to PM 2.5 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 discomfort, 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 backyard burning, and land clearing burning. During air quality advisories, this bylaw also prohibits street sweeping activties (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.

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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