Published on Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Grey Bruce Public Health is advising residents that Environment & Climate Change Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for a large section of southern and eastern Ontario, including all of Grey-Bruce, due to smoke from forest fires in Ontario and Quebec.
The wildfire smoke may result in deteriorated air quality for most of this week.
Public Health is advising residents, especially the most vulnerable in our community, to take measures to protect their health and reduce exposure to wildfire smoke, which can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations.
People at greater risk of experiencing adverse health effects from wildfire smoke and deteriorating air quality include:
While the Special Air Quality Statement is in place for Grey-Bruce, Public Health is urging residents to limit or stop outdoor activities if they’re feeling unwell.
Residents should stop outdoor activities and contact their health care provider if they experience shortness of breath, wheezing (including asthma attacks), severe cough, dizziness or chest pains.
People at greater risk of health impacts from poor air quality are recommended to reduce or postpone outdoor activities until conditions improve.
Residents can also limit their exposure to wildfire smoke by:
Public Health is also encouraging residents to check in on their loved ones and neighbours who may be more susceptible to the health impacts of deteriorating air quality.
It’s common for people to experience mild irritation and discomfort because of wildfire smoke in the air. These symptoms usually disappear when the smoke clears. Drinking plenty of water can help the body cope with the smoke.
For More Information:
To connect with the Medical Officer of Health or the program manager, please contact:
Denis Langlois, Communications Co-ordinator,
Grey Bruce Health Unit,
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1315,
Categories: News Release
For media inquiries, please call 519-376-9420 ext. 1315 or email Communications@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca
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