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PNHR advises citizens to protect themselves during smoke events

The Prairie North Health Region wants residents to safeguard their health during smoke events.

The organization issued a news release about the precautions regarding times of poorer air quality. As smoke from wildfires have been impacting the air, the Region advises that persons with heart or respiratory conditions like asthma are most significantly at risk and need to monitor their symptoms.

However, PNHR says that everyone can be at risk in severely smoky times; people may experience irritation of the throat, headaches, or shortness of breath.

To protect yourself, PNHR says to avoid strenuous outdoor activity during smoky conditions; eliminate or reduce exposure to outside air while indoors; stay inside and turn on the air conditioning, provided the system doesn’t bring in outside air; don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke inhalation.

PNHR also advises that dust masks, bandanas, and clothes, even wet, do not protect from smoke inhalation.

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If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

For more information and advice visit HeathLine Online at http://www.heathlineonline.ca

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