Residents of Norman Wells and Fort Good Hope are experiencing reduced air quality due to wildfire smoke. Nearby communities may also experience smoke exposure depending on weather conditions.
Exposure to smoke is highest in people who are physically active outdoors (including outdoor workers). Exposure can quickly result in sore eyes, tears, cough and runny nose. People at risk of more severe health impacts include young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with diabetes, lung or heart conditions.
You can reduce your exposure to smoke by avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and staying indoors with windows and doors closed.
Anyone experiencing serious symptoms such as wheezing, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath should go to their local health centre.
You can find additional information on the health effects of smoke at:
- Wildfire Smoke Information in the NWT
- Air Quality
- Wildfire Smoke And Your Health - Air Quality Self-assessment Method
For any community not listed, we are continuing to monitor air quality.
For more information contact:
Health and Social Service
(867) 767-9052 ext 49036