10:11 PM EDT Thursday 19 July 2018 Special air quality statement in effect for:
Kirkland Lake - Englehart
New Liskeard - Temagami
Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility.
High levels of air pollution have developed due to smoke from forest fires. The air quality may be locally poor tonight and Friday.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
In general, wearing a mask is not the best way to protect your health during a smoke event. In fact, masks may lead to a false sense of security, which may encourage increased physical activity and time spent outdoors, meaning increased exposure to smoke. They can also make breathing more difficult.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
Issued by Environment Canada and the Province of Ontario