July 6, 2015
Wildfire & Air Quality Information
Metro Vancouver has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter, due to smoke from wildfires outside our region. Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. This advisory is expected to continue until there is a change in the current weather.
Tips to reduce your personal health risk:
- Stay cool and drink plenty of water.
- Continue to manage medical conditions such as asthma, chronic respiratory disease and heart failure. If symptoms continue to be bothersome, seek medical attention.
- Maintaining good overall health is a good way to reduce health risks resulting from short-term exposure to air pollution.
While at work,, please keep windows closed to minimize the entry of particulate matter into buildings. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water to combat the heat. If experiencing adverse health effects, employees with chronic underlying medical conditions should discuss alternate work locations with their supervisors.
The forest fire hazard rating in the Metro Vancouver region is rated at an extreme level. This summer, Campus Security has responded to over 17 grassfires on the Burnaby campus, most of which were determined to be caused by carelessly discarded cigarettes. For the safety of everybody, it is important that flammable materials be discarded in approved containers and never just carelessly discarded on the ground. SFU enjoys an abundance of green spaces on and around our campuses that are affected by the dry, summer conditions. These tinder dry spaces can ignite in an instant by the smallest spark. As a community, it's important that we take care to preserve these green spaces, smoke in designated areas only, and use approved ashtrays to discard of cigarette butts and flammable materials. Let us all work together to keep our campus safe and green.
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