Smoke continues to linger in Williams Lake from wildfires as far away as the state of Washington while the Ministry of Environment’s air quality index was very high or at 10-plus on Wednesday afternoon. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Take precautions when skies are smoky urges Interior Health

The Williams Lake area continues to be under special air quality and heat warning

Several wildfires are creating smoky skies across the Interior region and residents are reminded to take precautions to protect their health.

In Williams Lake the air quality index reached very high or 10-plus on both Tuesday and Wednesday, with smoke expected to remain into Friday.

The good news is that a cold front moving through the area Friday night and Saturday is anticipated to bring cooler temperatures.

Wildfires are a regular part of summer in British Columbia.

With wildfires comes the potential for wildfire smoke pollution in and around communities across the Interior.

The best way to cope with smoke pollution is to be prepared and take measures to reduce your exposure to smoke.

Smoke affects everyone differently, based on their health, age, exposure, and other personal factors.

Smoke exposure can be particularly concerning for those who have underlying medical conditions such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, or diabetes.

Infants, young children, the elderly, and pregnant women can also be affected.

The following can reduce the health risks associated with wildfire smoke:

· Reduce outdoor activity on smoky days.

· Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.

· People with asthma or other chronic illness should activate their personal care plans and carry any rescue medications with them at all times.

· Find clean air shelters such as libraries, community centres, and shopping malls as they often have cleaner, cooler air than smaller buildings or the outdoors.

· Consider purchasing a commercially available HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter and creating a clean air shelter in one room of your home.

· Pay attention to local air quality reports and the conditions around you because smoke levels can change over short periods and over small distances.

A heavy haze, possibly accompanied by the smell of smoke, can indicate that smoke levels are higher than usual.

Check the Air Quality Health Index in your area.

· Travel to areas with better air quality – conditions can vary greatly across geographic areas and elevations.

See Environment and Climate Change Canada’s smoke forecast map for more information.

For general information about smoke and your health, contact HealthLinkBC toll free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 8-1-1.

Information bulletin provided by Interior Health.



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

BREAKING: West Fraser announces indefinite closure of Chasm

The third shift for the 100 Mile House location will also be eliminated

Enviro Club prepares for Wells Grey Provincial Park adventure

Recently students were out on Williams Lake brushing up on their canoe skills

Ranch Musings: Rebuilding ranching culture and learning to let go

Weekly column from local rancher David Zirnhelt

Williams Lake principal honoured with Governor General’s Medal

Shirley Giroux graduated from UNBC with her PhD in Health Sciences

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Most Read