Saskatchewan issues health advisory on air quality

Employers with outdoors workers may need to take precautions due to smoke from B.C. wildfires

Employers with outdoor workers in Saskatchewan might want to keep a closer eye than usual on air quality.

That’s because 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," said Saqib Shabab, the deputy chief medical health officer. "Even otherwise healthy people should also avoid any vigorous outdoor physical activity while there is heavy smoke in the air."

Information on air quality

The province has identified 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:

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

And take appropriate precautions based on the air quality index as well as your risk factors as given at:

Anyone in Saskatchewan with questions about their health can call HealthLine for 24 hour health advice at (877) 800-0002.

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