We recently installed two advanced laser air quality monitors in Sambaa K’e called PurpleAir. Today, these monitors detected high levels of fine particles in the air, known as PM2.5, measuring over 150 micrograms per cubic meter. These elevated levels of fine particles mean that the air quality in Sambaa K'e is currently unhealthy due to smoke from wildfires. This situation poses a health risk to the community members. Therefore, the Chief Public Health Officer is issuing a Public Health Advisory for Sambaa K’e.
To check the current air quality levels for Sambaa K’e, see:
It's important to note that the amount of smoke may change due to weather conditions and can vary over short distances and from hour to hour.
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, the elderly, people with diabetes, lung or heart conditions, and potentially pregnant women.
Anyone experiencing serious symptoms such as wheezing, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath should go to their local health cabin.
You can reduce your exposure to smoke by avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and staying indoors with windows and doors closed.
You can also use portable air cleaners in small (single) rooms to help reduce the fine particulates and other smoke pollutants that may enter their homes from outdoors. You can check with the local authorities on accessing the community’s “cleaner air shelters”.
For more information on cleaner air spaces during wildfire smoke events, please visit:
It is important to follow the manufacturer's operation and maintenance manual for your portable air cleaner, including regular filter or adsorbent replacement.
Environment Canada monitors air quality and provides guidance for outdoor activities based on the Air Quality Health Index:
For additional information on the health effects of smoke, please see:
For any community not listed, we are continuing to monitor air quality.
For more information contact:
Health and Social Services
(867) 767-9052 ext. 49037