Safety Tips For People Living In Wildfire Zones & Areas Impacted By Smoke

August 23, 2018

Safety Tips For People Living In Wildfire Zones & Areas Impacted By Smoke

Wildfire smoke is a major source of air quality problems in Canada, impacting people living near the wildfire source as well as families living in other provinces. When a wildfire starts, be sure you follow these safety tips to keep your family safe.

 

Ways You Can Protect Yourself & Your Family

  1. Be alert. Listen for wildfire smoke announcements.

    Listen for alerts and monitor public weather warnings issued by Environment Canada. These alerts can include specific updates about air quality in specific areas.

  2. Monitor wildfire behaviour.

    The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) publishes daily fire weather and fire behaviour maps throughout the year.

  3. Limit outdoor activity.

    Smoke inhalation can lead to difficulty breathing, so limit your time outdoors as much as possible, and avoid physical activity outdoors.

  4. Wear a mask when outdoors.

    A respirator mask with an N95 or N100 rating will protect you from exposure to tiny smoke particles.

  5. Keep your windows and doors closed.

    Seal your home as much as possible to keep harmful smoke particles outside. 

  6. Purify the air in your home.

    Ensure the air quality in your home is as high as it can be. Use a high-performance air purifier to remove harmful smoke particles from the air your family is breathing. The Austin Air HealthMate + Plus HM450 is your best defense when you live in an area affected by wildfire smoke.

  7. Keep an eye on your family and friends.

    In a state of emergency, remember to look out for one another. If your home is farther away from the smoke source, invite others to stay with you.

  8. Monitor activity updates.

    Stay up-to-date with wildfire activity, movement, and smoke movement. Wildfire smoke can travel across provinces impacting the air quality of communities thousands of kilometers from the wildfire source.

 

More Resources

BC Wildfire Service | Storymap

Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) | daily weather maps

Public Weather Alerts for Canada | Environment Canada

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