Environmental Health

Wildfire Smoke Exposure Advisory

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.   

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.

Air Quality Alerts for NWT

For information on all active air quality alerts for the NWT, please click on the following link to Environment Canada:

    You can find additional information on the health effects of smoke at:

    Environment Canada monitors air quality and provides guidance for outdoor activities based on the Air Quality Health Index: