Air quality advisory lifted for Comox Valley

Air quality advisory lifted for Comox Valley
City of Courtenay
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An air quality advisory has been lifted for the Comox Valley Tuesday, following a change in weather conditions.

It was first issued Monday, due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter.

The issue is caused by stagnant air, due to a high pressure weather system.

The notice was issued by The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with Island Health.

It warned that those with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise, and avoid exposure.

They say staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces will help. Exposure is particularly a concern for pregnant women and infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes and lung or heart disease.

Officials say levels tend to be highest around busy roads, industrial operations and neighbourhoods with residential wood burning.

Those with asthma or other chronic illness were advised to activate their asthma or personal care plan.

Staying indoors, keep windows and doors closed and reduce indoor sources of pollution such as smoking, vacuuming and use of wood stoves can help ease particulate matter.

Air filters can also help in reducing levels.

The public can help reduce particulate matter by avoiding the use of woodstoves and fireplaces unless used as the sole source of residential heat.

And if those are the sole source of heat, the public can burn wellcured, dry wood and ensure an adequate supply of combustion air.

Officials also urge to reduce the use and idling of vehicles

More details can be found here.


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