June 29, 2015
An air quality alert is in effect, issued by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, for areas experiencing heavy smoke.
Event description: Numerous wildfires are burning in the northern part of the province and producing smoke which has the potential to affect your health. Smoke can cause irritation of the eyes and throat. Persons with heart or respiratory conditions can experience worsening of their symptoms.
Instructions during a heavy smoke event, especially if you have heart and lung conditions:
- Reduce or avoid physical activity outdoors
- Consider remaining indoors with windows, doors and outdoor air circulation fans/vents closed;
- If you have room air cleaners with HEPA filters, turn them on
- Avoid tobacco smoke exposure
- When you are in your car or truck, keep the windows closed and put the air system on ‘recirculate'
To avoid risk of overheating on hot days especially if you are keeping windows and doors closed without air conditioning:
- Drink lots of cool water
- Use fans to move air around inside the house.
- Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down
- Make meals that don't use an oven, especially if you don't have air conditioning
- Go to an air conditioned place such as a shopping mall, library or community centre
- Call or visit at-risk family, friends or neighbours (especially seniors living alone) to make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids and keeping cool
For advice on symptoms and precautions, call HealthLine at 811.
For more information on Forest Fire Smoke and Your Health, click here.
Wind and other factors can change local conditions quickly. So being aware of local conditions is important to plan accordingly. Websites as below provide reasonable real time information; however, looking at how far you can see outside of your window is also a good way to estimate smoke intensity.
Information on local conditions is available at:
Information on how to decide if you are at higher risk from smoke is at: