Algoma Public Health
Air Quality and Health: Wildfire Smoke
During a wildfire, dense smoke can be carried thousands of kilometres from the fire zone impacting the air quality for many. Smoke, even at low levels, can impact our health. Ensure you are taking proper measures to protect yourself and those you care for during this time!
On this page:
- Who is at risk
- Staying informed
- Protecting your health and safety
- Masking during air quality events
- Take care of your mental health and well-being
- People with existing illnesses or chronic health conditions
- People who spend long periods of time outdoors
- Infants and young children
- Pregnant individuals
- Older individuals
- a mild cough
- production of phlegm
- sore and watery eyes
- nose, throat, and sinus irritation
More severe but less common symptoms of smoke exposure include:
- chest pains
- sever cough
- wheezing (including asthma attacks)
- heart palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to a health care provider or seek urgent medical attention.
Air quality due to wildfire can fluctuate and vary considerably throughout the day. Stay informed to stay prepared!
- Monitor the APH News page and social media to stay informed on active alerts in your area and follow guidance provided by local public health units.
- Get the WeatherCAN app to receive direct notifications to your phone.
- Sign up for MECP’s Air Quality Alert Email Notifications
- Monitor the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) (where applicable)
- In areas where the AQHI is not available, check out the UNBC air quality map to see if your area is being monitored