Alerts for: Gatineau
3:19 PM EST Tuesday 16 January 2018
Smog warning in effect for:
Atmospheric conditions could result in a deterioration in air quality.
Air pollutants will reach high levels this evening and will persist until midday Wednesday.
Smog especially affects asthmatic children and people with respiratory ailments or heart disease. It is therefore recommended that these individuals avoid intense physical activity outdoors until the smog warning is lifted.
We can all help improve air quality by doing simple things, such as limiting the use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, opting to use public transit, reducing our driving speed and not letting our car engines idle unnecessarily.
In Quebec, wood heating is the main source of fine particles that contribute to smog during winter. This activity generates the largest number of these particulates, more than industrial activities and transportation.
Montréal residents - Stop using your wood-burning stove or fireplace until the smog warning has been lifted. To learn more about the by-law, visit www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/woodburning.
To learn more about the Info-Smog program, go to Environment Canada's website at www.ec.gc.ca/info-smog.
For air quality indexes in Quebec, visit the website of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques at www.mddelcc.gouv.qc.ca/air/iqa.
For the air quality index in Montréal, visit the Réseau de surveillance de la qualité de l'air de la Ville de Montréal's website at www.rsqa.qc.ca.
To learn more about the effects of smog on your health in Québec, visit the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux's website at http://sante.gouv.qc.ca/en/dossiers/sante-et-environnement/. You can also visit the Direction régionale de santé publique du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal at https://www.santemontreal.qc.ca/en/public/health-a-z/info-smog/.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
Issued by Environment Canada, the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Direction régionale de santé publique du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and the City of Montréal
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