Alerts in Effect
Special Air Quality StatementIssued at 09:29 Friday 18 January 2019
Stagnant winter weather conditions are creating elevated pollution levels.
AIR QUALITY ADVISORY ISSUED FOR GRAND FORKS AND OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT
January 18, 2019 - Vernon. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority,
has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Grand Forks due to high concentrations of fine particulates, which are expected to persist until
there is a change in current weather conditions.
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air-conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine-particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
Open burning restrictions are now in effect for the area within 10
kilometres of the Grand Forks City Hall for a period of 2 days. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. For more information on burning restrictions, see the section below entitled ���Mandatory Emission Reduction Actions.’
More information on current air quality can be found at:
People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.
People with cardiovascular disease can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate the disease leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.
For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.
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.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.