Point Edward, ON – Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to take the proper precautions to protect their health as air quality may be poor in the area as a result of wildfire smoke from forest fires in northeastern Ontario and Quebec.
Children, older adults, pregnant individuals, people with chronic health conditions, and people who work outdoors are at a higher risk of experiencing negative health impacts because of poor air quality.
These at-risk populations are encouraged to monitor for medical symptoms such as irritated eyes, increased mucous, and difficulty breathing, and to contact their healthcare provider if severe symptoms develop or if they need guidance.
It is recommended that all individuals to stay up to date on the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and change activities based on the AQHI table. Hourly updates on AQHI and guidance are available by checking Air Quality Ontario.
Additional tips to help your body cope with wildfire smoke and to prevent negative health impacts include:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water;
- Reduce motorized vehicle use and take extra precaution if you live or work near Highway 402 as air quality is affected by traffic and prevailing wind conditions;
- If possible, set your HVAC to recirculate air or use a portable HEPA air cleaner and keep windows closed if the temperature is not too hot;
- Take care of your mental health. It is not unusual to feel anxious or stressed during poor air quality events. Local mental health supports are available at Age-Friendly Sarnia-Lambton
Lambton Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary. For more actions to minimize risk, additional information on the AQHI, or to subscribe to notifications affecting Sarnia, visit the Air Quality Ontario website or call 1-800-387-7768.