Active Alerts Sudeten Heritage Park, BC

Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Issued at Fri 12:24 PM Jul. 19
Issued by: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Recommended Action
Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!
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Special Air Quality Statement
Issued at Fri 11:24 AM Jul. 19
Issued by: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Description


Smoky Skies Bulletin - July 19, 2024

The Fort Nelson, B.C. Peace River, South Thompson, 100 Mile, Kootenay Lake, East Kootenay - South and the Arrow-Slocan Lake regions of BC are being impacted or likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24-48 hours.

Lightning has been widespread across the province and can cause new fires that change smoke conditions very quickly. Smoke will be highly variable across the province as new fires become active and local winds change

The next bulletin update will be available July 20, 2024.
The bulletin can be accessed online at gov.bc.ca/airqualityadvisories.

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The fine particles in wildfire smoke pose the main health risk. As smoke levels increase, health risks increase.

People more likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke include seniors, pregnant women and pregnant people, people who smoke, infants and young children, people who work outdoors, people involved in strenuous outdoor exercise and people with an existing illness or chronic health condition. Those who are more likely to be impacted should reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors or seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms.

For more information on current air quality, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.

Visit http://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.

Recommended Action


Listen to your body and if you experience symptoms, consider reducing or stopping strenuous outdoor activities. Symptoms can include milder and more common symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation, as well as serious but less common symptoms such as chest pains or severe cough. If you think you are having a medical emergency, seek immediate medical assistance.

Limit time outdoors. When indoors, keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. When there is an extreme heat event occurring with poor air quality, prioritize keeping cool. Always seek out and follow health guidance from local authorities.

Protect your indoor air from wildfire smoke. Actions can include using a clean, good quality air filter in your ventilation system and/or a certified portable air purifier that can filter fine particles.

When spending time outdoors, a well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn respirator type mask (such as a NIOSH-certified N95 or equivalent respirator) can reduce your exposure to the fine particles in the smoke. Even though exposure may be reduced, there can still be risks to health.

Check in on others who are in your care or live nearby who may be more likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke.

Take care of your mental health.

Learn more at https://www.canada.ca/wildfire-smoke.

Heat Warning
Issued at Fri 5:04 AM Jul. 19
Issued by: Environment and Climate Change Canada
Description


This is a heat warning. Elevated temperatures are expected and there is a moderate risk to public health.

Where: Peace River and Fort Nelson

When: Hot conditions continue into early next week.

What: Daytime highs in the low 30s with overnight lows in the mid teens.

Remarks: An extended period of high temperatures will continue as a ridge of high pressure remains over the region. Little relief is expected at night with elevated overnight temperatures.

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Heat affects everyone, but the risks are greater for: seniors, people who live alone, people with pre-existing health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or respiratory disease, people with mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, or anxiety, people with substance use disorders, people with limited mobility.

Check on family, friends and neighbours, who are at higher risk, particularly if they live alone, to make sure they have a cool space.

To get more information:
- Check the local news for health and safety updates.
- Check HealthLinkBC online resources about heat-related illness and how to protect yourself at https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthlinkbc-files/heat-related-illness.
- Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 to ask about heat-related illness.

Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

Recommended Action


Watch for early signs of heat illness (feeling unwell, fatigue, thirst, headache, unusually dark urine) as these can rapidly evolve into life-threatening emergencies.

Move to a cooler environment immediately, such as a shaded or air-conditioned space.

Drink plenty of water regularly, even before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

Watch for early signs of heat illness (feeling unwell, fatigue, thirst, headache, unusually dark urine) as these can rapidly evolve into life-threatening emergencies.

Ask a health professional, such as a pharmacist or physician, how medications or health conditions can affect your risk in the heat.

Anyone working in the heat should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool or shaded space.

Never leave susceptible people, particularly children, or pets inside a parked vehicle.

If you are in an overheated area, seek a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, splash pad, misting station, or air-conditioned spot like a public building.

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