Fraser Health’s Dr. Ingrid Taylor says air quality in Metro Vancouver will deteriorate if and when haze arrives, as smoke from forest fires carries fine particles.
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She said residents should seek clean air spaces in their communities. Anyone with chronic conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should prepare their medication, as smoke can come in at any time.
“In some places the smoke can be very heavy and this can have serious consequences for people with existing health problems who may have difficulty breathing or put stress on their hearts if they spend too much time outside in these places. smoky conditions, ”Taylor said.
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Taylor added that the smoke could also pose a health risk to the elderly and young children.
Fraser Health says residents should keep windows and doors closed if they can do so without overheating. Other measures include using a HEPA filter, staying hydrated and reducing time spent outdoors as well as reducing strenuous activities.
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Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry said last week that wearing a mask can offer some form of protection against certain particles.
“The three-layer fabric or the disposable masks that we use for COVID, these can also help prevent inhalation of some of the larger particles, in particular, and can help when you need to be outside during the day. smoke from a forest fire. Said Henri.