Alerts for: Metro Montréal - Laval
8:45 AM EST Friday 07 March 2014
Special air quality statement in effect for:
- Metro Montréal - Laval
Smog warning in effect.
Through Saturday morning
Atmospheric conditions could result in a deterioration in air quality.
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, and reducing our driving speed and not letting our car engines idle unnecessarily when using our cars.
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.
Residential wood heating is responsible for almost 61% of particles that contribute to smog during winter. This activity generates the largest number of these particles - more than industrial activities (22%), the use of motorized vehicles (14%) and other sources (3%).
To view the smog warning, go to Environment Canada's Web site at WWW.EC.GC.CA/INFO-SMOG.
For the air quality index for the City of Montréal, visit the city's Web site at WWW.RSQA.QC.CA.
For air quality indexes elsewhere in Quebec, visit the Web site of the ministere du developpement durable, de l'environnement, de la faune et des parcs at WWW.MDDEFP.GOUV.QC.CA/AIR/IQA.
To learn more about the effects of smog on your health, visit the Web site of the Direction de santé publique de l'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal at WWW.SANTEMONTREAL.QC.CA/VIVRE-EN-SANTE/ENVIRONNEMENT-SAIN/INFO-SMOG
Or the Web site of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux at WWW.MSSS.GOUV.QC.CA/SUJETS/SANTEPUB/ENVIRONNEMENT.
Issued jointly Environment Canada, the ministere du developpement durable, de l'environnement, de la faune et des parcs, the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Direction de santé publique de l'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal and the City of Montréal
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