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Smoky skies alert issued for area

The regions of B.C. highlighted on the adjacent map are being impacted or are likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.

Wildfire smoke is tracking south through central and eastern B.C. today and tomorrow. The
southernmost regions issued in today’s bulletin will be impacted later today and overnight. Areas
south and west of regions issued may experience hazy conditions over the next 24 hours.

During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary
considerably hour-by-hour. Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important
to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.

People with pre-existing health jjconditions, respiratory infections such as COVID-19, older adults,
pregnant women and infants, children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health
effects from smoke exposure.

During smoky conditions

Follow your common sense

  • Stop or reduce your activity level if breathing becomes uncomfortable or you feel unwell.
  • Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.
  • If you have asthma or other chronic illness, carry any rescue (fast-acting) medications
    with you at all times and activate your personal care plan that has been designed with your family physician.
  • Make sure that children and others who cannot care for themselves follow the same
    advice.

Monitor your symptoms

  • People respond differently to smoke. Mild irritation and discomfort are common, and
    usually disappear when the smoke clears.
  • Exposure to wildfire smoke and the virus that causes COVID-19 can both result in respiratory
    symptoms such as a dry cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing. Use the BC COVID-19
    Self-Assessment Tool to help determine whether you need further assessment or testing
    for COVID-19.
  • If you are unsure whether you need medical care, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1.
  • If you are experiencing difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, or a severe cough,
    contact your health care provider, walk-in clinic, or emergency department. If you are
    having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Tips to reduce your smoke exposure

  • Smoke levels may be lower indoors but will still be elevated, so stay aware of your symptoms
    even when you are indoors.
  • Running a commercially available HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can improve
    indoor air quality in the room where the device is located.
  • If you have a forced air heating/cooling system in your home, it may help to change the
    filter and set the fan to run continuously.
  • Reduce indoor air pollution sources such as smoking, burning incense, and frying foods.
  • If travelling in a car with air conditioning, keep the windows up and the ventilation set to
    recirculate.
  • If you are very sensitive to smoke, consider moving to another location with cleaner air,
    but be aware that conditions can change rapidly.
  • Maintaining good overall health is a good way to prevent health effects resulting from
    short-term exposure to air pollution.

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