Point Edward, ON – Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) ratings as calculated Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), have reached levels considered to be Very High risk as of 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 due to active forest fires in northeastern Ontario and Quebec. As a result, Lambton Public Health (LPH), is encouraging residents to take the proper precautions to protect their health.
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 avoid strenuous activities outdoors, 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 AQHI and change activities based on the AQHI table. Hourly updates on AQHI and guidance are available by checking the MECP website.
Additional tips to help your body cope with wildfire smoke and to prevent negative health impacts include:
- Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties;
- 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
LPH 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 MECP website or call 1-800-387-7768.