Air Quality – Niagara & Hamilton regions (June 8 2023)

Our regions (Niagara & Hamilton) are currently under a Special Air Quality Statement from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
Smoke plumes from forest fires in Quebec and northeastern Ontario have resulted in deteriorated air quality. Poor air quality will persist into the weekend.
Wildfire smoke can be harmful to health even at low concentrations. Some people with lung disease 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.
Monitor air quality updates at www.airqualityontario.com/aqhi/
For HighRisk situations (7-10) the Air Quality Health Index recommends that strenuous activities outdoors for children and seniors should be reduced or rescheduled, especially if they experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and share any further updates.

Other recommendations include:

🔴 Monitor children and seniors for symptoms such as irritated eyes, mucus production, shortness of breath, or cough. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should be encouraged to take a break. Consider seeking health care for those experiencing severe symptoms.
🔴 Keep doors and windows closed if the temperature is comfortable.
🔴 Set HVAC systems to recirculate the air constantly through a high rated MERV filter. Portable HEPA air cleaners and air filters can also help.
🔴 Checking in on those who may be at higher risk.