Protecting Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

last updated: July 26, 2023

We are experiencing one of the worst wildfires seasons in Canada so far. It is important to know what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Limit your exposure to harmful wildfire smoke by:

  • Using the WeatherCAN app to see special air quality statements and the Air Quality Health Index to identify your level of risk.
  • Limiting outdoor activity when the air quality is affected by smoke.
  • Protecting your indoor air quality by keeping your windows and doors closed and using a good quality air filter in your ventilation system or using a portable air purifier. Turn on your air conditioning, if possible, when temperatures are high.
  • If you must spend time outdoors, consider wearing a well-fitted respirator type mask, such as a NIOSH certified N95 or equivalent respirator.

You can find more shareable Government of Canada social media content related to wildfires here :

Information kit Wildfires 2023_EN

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