Air quality advisory issued for all of Vancouver Island

Air quality advisory issued for all of Vancouver Island

Smoke rising above Highway 299 at Trinity Mountain Road.

As a result, Environment Canada has continued a special air quality statement for the entire Okanagan Valley. Smoke from British Columbia and the Cascades is continuing to build in the Puget Sound region today.

In addition to being more reliable, the new site also includes meteorological data, downloadable historical data and analysis tools, and information from the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency.

Concentrations of smoke may vary depending upon location, weather, and distance from the fire.

Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.

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These sensitive populations should stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity.

Everyone should limit time spent and strenuous activity done outdoors, and only do light indoor activities, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

There is a low risk of long-term effects of wildfire smoke exposure for healthy individuals. Seek medical help if you have symptoms that worsen or become severe. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns. Change the standard air conditioner filter to a medium or high efficiency filter.

Symptoms can be mild, such as coughing and sinus irritation, but more serious symptoms such as shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat and chest pain also are possible.

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