Temperatures are expected to peak today and Friday, as they will rise 5 ° C above average during the night and up to 10 ° C during the day.
At the same time, high concentrations of particles from fires in Washington and Oregon are expected to reach the Vancouver Metro in waves until Friday, as recommended by the regional agency and Environment Canada. schedule indoor activities.
“People with underlying chronic health conditions or acute infections such as COVID-19 should postpone or reduce outdoor physical activity until the warning is lifted, especially if it is uncomfortable,” Environment Canada wrote in its special statement. on air quality.
The health effects of smoke from fires can range from a sore throat, itchy eyes, and runny nose to a slight cough, wheezing, and even headaches, notes the BCCDC.
Smoke from fires is a complex mixture of gases and particles, with fine particles larger than 2.
5 microns representing the greatest health risk for humans, especially those with chronic diseases, such as asthma. , heart disease, diabetes, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD.
Pregnant women, infants, young children and the elderly are also at increased risk of health problems from forest fire smoke.
“Some people may experience more severe symptoms and should see a doctor promptly,” the organization said, adding that you should call 811 or speak to a doctor if you experience shortness of breath, severe cough, dizziness, pain. palpitations in the chest or heart.
In addition to these severe symptoms, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from smoke from fires. Inside, a portable HEPA air filter can filter contaminated air anywhere in the home, providing a safe haven for you or your family.
If you don’t have access to your HEPA filter, you may want to consider visiting a shopping mall or one of the recently reopened community centers and libraries in the Tri-Cities.
Wherever you are, it’s important to avoid strenuous activities on smoking days, advises the BCCDC through its website.
For those forced to work outdoors, a N95 mask is recommended, although it is not always easy to find these days.