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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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SASKATCHEWAN ISSUES HEALTH ADVISORY ON AIR QUALITY

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is warning residents to take precautions because of poor air quality in parts of the province due to smoke from British Columbia forest fires.

"People who are at higher risk, including persons with asthma and other respiratory and heart conditions should consider staying indoors with the windows closed to reduce their exposure to the outdoor air when the air quality is even moderately bad," Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said. "Even otherwise healthy people should also avoid any vigorous outdoor physical activity while there is heavy smoke in the air."

There are several websites that will assist in assessing the current situation and level of health risk.

You can determine if you are at risk by going to:
http://www.ec.gc.ca/cas-aqhi/default.asp?lang=En&n=8727DF6F-1

Check the air quality in your part of the province (Regina / South; Saskatoon / Central; or Prince Albert / North) by visiting:

http://www.ec.gc.ca/cas-aqhi/default.asp?lang=En&n=DCE017F0-1

And take appropriate precautions based on the air quality index as well as your risk factors as given at:
http://www.ec.gc.ca/cas-aqhi/default.asp?lang=En&n=79A8041B-1&printerversion=true

Anyone with questions about their health can call HealthLine for 24 hour health advice at 1-877-800-0002.

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For more information, contact:

Joan Petrie
Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083

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