Air quality ‘very high risk’ in Lambton due to wildfire smoke

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FROM LAMBTON PUBLIC HEALTH

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) ratings as calculated Ontario
Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) and Environment and
Climate Change Canada (ECCC), have reached levels considered to be Very High risk as of 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 due to active forest fires in northeastern Ontario and Quebec. As a result, Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to take the proper precautions to protect their health.
Children, older adults, pregnant individuals, people with chronic health conditions, and people who work outdoors are at a higher risk of experiencing negative health impacts because of poor air quality. These at-risk populations are encouraged to avoid strenuous activities outdoors, monitor for medical symptoms such as irritated eyes,increased mucous, and difficulty breathing, and to contact their healthcare provider if severe symptoms develop or if they need guidance.
It is recommended that all individuals to stay up to date on the AQHI and changeactivities based on the AQHI table. Hourly updates on AQHI and guidance are availableby checking the MECP website.
Additional tips to help your body cope with wildfire smoke and to prevent negative health impacts include:

  • Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties;
  • If possible, set your HVAC to recirculate air or use a portable HEPA air cleaner
    and keep windows closed if the temperature is not too hot;
  • Take care of your mental health. It is not unusual to feel anxious or stressed
  • during poor air quality events. Local mental health supports are available at Age-Friendly Sarnia-Lambton