‘Deteriorating air quality’ warning for Mississauga and Brampton due to Diwali fireworks

Published October 24, 2022 at 9:36 am

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A special air quality statement has been issued for Mississauga and Brampton due to the “possibility of deteriorating air quality as a result of fireworks for Diwali.”

Environment Canada issued the alert on Monday morning as residents in Mississauga, Brampton and many parts of the GTA area expected to celebrate Diwali – a religious and cultural festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains – by setting off fireworks.

The statement says high levels of air pollution are expected Monday evening into the overnight hours.

“Light winds and stagnating weather conditions are expected to cause increasing levels of air pollution. Air quality may deteriorate if the smoke from fireworks remains at or descends to ground level,” the statement reads. “Areas that may be affected include Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto and surrounding areas.”

Environment Canada is advising residents to take precautions to reduce their exposure to fireworks smoke, especially those who are particularly sensitive to smoke.

“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath,” Environment Canada said, adding that children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease are at a higher risk.

“Exposure to air pollution is particularly a concern for children, the elderly, and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.

The Diwali festival of lights starts on Monday, and residents planning to celebrate with fireworks should brush up on City rules to avoid any fines while getting in the festive mood.

Here’s what you need to know about setting off Diwali fireworks in Mississauga and Brampton.

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