Special air quality statement for Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Halton

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Published June 18, 2023 at 5:18 pm

A weather statement has been issued for potentially high levels of air pollution today (Jun 18).

Environment Canada expects smoke from forest fires to cause increasing pollutant concentrations today in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, Halton Region and nearby areas.

“Smoke plumes from forest fires in Quebec and northeastern Ontario have resulted in deteriorated air quality,” says Environment Canada.

Residents are asked to check the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and monitor their symptoms as people respond differently to smoke.

Some individuals make experience mild irritation and discomfort (which is a common reaction) and it will usually disappear when the smoke clears.

Drinking lots of water is recommended as it can help the body cope with the smoke, experts say.

Those with lung disease (such as asthma) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke.

“Speak with your health care provider about developing a management plan for wildfire smoke events and maintaining a supply of necessary medications at home and always carrying these medications with you during wildfire season,” say Environment Canada specialists.

Anyone experiencing acute symptoms or having trouble breathing should avoid strenuous outdoor activities and try to stay inside a place that’s cool and ventilated.

If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place such as a library, shopping mall, recreation centre.

The air quality is expected to improve overnight.

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