As wind directions continue to shift, much of Lloydminster and surrounding area continue to join most of Western Canada in dealing with wildfire smoke contaminating the air.
As many are enjoying the last long weekend before school starts, Environment Canada has just issued another new Special Air Quality Statement advising us to find safe ways to be outside.
In the latest statement, in addition to advising those with respiratory issues or other health concerns to seek refuge,
“If you must spend time outdoors, a well-fitted respirator type mask (such as a NIOSH certified N95 or equivalent respirator) that does not allow air to pass through small openings between the mask and face, can help reduce your exposure to the fine particles in smoke. These fine particles generally pose the greatest risk to health. However, respirators do not reduce exposure to the gases in wildfire smoke. It is important to listen to your body and reduce or stop activities if you are experiencing symptoms.”
The winds are expected to blow more smoke our way over the next 24 hours, and with little to no rain in the forecast, could last into next week.