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First Air Quality Advisory Of Year Remains In Place

Postby Wilberforce » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:42 am

First Air Quality Advisory Of Year Remains In Place

By 250 News
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 09:15 AM

Prince George, B.C. - The first air quality advisory of 2012 went into effect late yesterday afternoon and is likely to remain in place until at least tomorrow morning...

The Ministry of Environment's Air Pollution Manager issued the advisory due to a high level of fine particulates. Dennis Fudge says a stagnant upper high pressure weather system over the region trapped pollutants in the airshed yesterday. He says the situation could improve by late this afternoon.

Fudge says based on air quality data, the high levels of fine particulates are mainly due to a combination of wood smoke, emissions from industry and road dust.

While the provincial air quality objective for fine particulates is 25 micrograms/m3, the 24-hour rolling average was 41 at the Plaza 400 downtown site, and 26 at College Heights as of 8am this morning.

The provincial objective for coarse particulates is 50 micrograms/m3, and the 24-hour averages locally were: 72 at the Plaza 400, 38 at College Heights, and 52 at the BCR monitoring site.

The air quality advisory prohibits recreational fires, street sweeping activities and bans the use of wood-burning appliances, except for sole wood-burning heat users.

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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