Here are some tips from Vancouver Coastal Health to help protect yourself! 

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– People with heart or lung conditions may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke and should watch for any change in symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure. If any symptoms are noted, affected individuals should take steps to reduce their exposure to smoke and if necessary see their physician. People with symptoms should go to their health
care provider, walk in clinic or emergency department depending on severity of symptoms.
–  Use common sense regarding outdoor physical activity – if your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity.
– Stay cool and drink plenty of fluids.
– Smoke levels may be lower indoors. However, elevated levels of smoke particles will still be present. If you stay indoors, be aware of your symptoms.
– Consider visiting a location like a shopping mall with cooler filtered air. Keep in mind that staying indoors may help you stay cool and provide some relief from the smoke, however, many air conditioning systems do not filter the air or improve indoor air quality.
– Reduce indoor pollution sources such as smoking or burning other materials.
–  You may be able to reduce your exposure to smoke by moving to cleaner air. Conditions can vary dramatically by area and elevation.
– Residents with asthma or other chronic illness should activate their asthma or personal care plan.
– Pay attention to local air quality reports, air quality may be poor even though smoke may not be visible.
– Commercially available HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters can improve indoor air quality near the device.


For general information about smoke and your health, contact HealthLink BC available toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 8-1-1, or via the web at:

Real-time air quality information: