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
- 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.
- Monitor wildfire behaviour.
The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) publishes daily fire weather and fire behaviour maps throughout the year.
- Limit outdoor activity.
Smoke inhalation can lead to difficulty breathing, so limit your time outdoors as much as possible, and avoid physical activity outdoors.
- Wear a mask when outdoors.
A respirator mask with an N95 or N100 rating will protect you from exposure to tiny smoke particles.
- Keep your windows and doors closed.
Seal your home as much as possible to keep harmful smoke particles outside.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
BC Wildfire Service | Storymap
Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) | daily weather maps
Public Weather Alerts for Canada | Environment Canada
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