The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Northern Health has continued the dust advisory for Quesnel because of high concentrations of dust that are expected to persist at least until the weekend.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Staying indoors with windows and doors closed helps to reduce exposure.
Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as breathing or lung conditions, hay fever, asthma or persons who react strongly to dust.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheeze, follow the advice of your health care provider.
Tips to reduce your personal health risk:
• Avoid roads with heavy vehicle traffic.
• If you stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed and reduce indoor sources of pollution, such as smoking, vacuuming and use of wood stoves.
• Continue to control medical conditions such as asthma, hay fever and chronic respiratory disease.
If symptoms continue to be bothersome, seek medical attention.
• Maintaining good overall health is a good way to prevent health effects resulting from short-term exposure to air pollution.
For additional information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.