- With the amount of rainfall over Niagara this summer, a smog advisory
wasn't something the region's associate medical officer of health expected
confess I was not expecting, given the weather conditions, a smog advisory,"
said Dr. Doug Sider in a telephone interview Friday.
the health department is warning residents that the Ministry of the
Environment has issued a smog advisory for today.
stressed that he's not a meteorologist, but from his experience "it's
not your typical weather" that would contribute to smog, he said.
"It's not our role to question the validity of the prediction,
but to get the information out and let the public know."
it's also unusual for a smog advisory to be issued for a weekend when
there's a lot less pollution-creating vehicle traffic. There's also
a lot less activities like "painting and road resurfacing"
which can also contribute to smog levels.
the Ministry is predicting that "ozone and particulate matter are
going to deteriorate to the point where we reach poor air quality, it
could well be that the weather conditions won't allow the air quality
to get the bad," Sider said. "We'll just have to see."
and children, as well as people with chronic lung conditions, such as
asthma, emphysema or bronchitis, and heart conditions, are most susceptible
to high smog levels on hot sunny days.
department is advising residents to stay indoors during the peak smog
period from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Even healthy people can experience a variety
of symptoms such as eye irritation, and vigorous outdoor activities
during peak periods can lead to throat irritation, coughing, wheezing,
shortness of breath or chest tightness.
department recommends limiting outdoor exercize to before 7 a.m. or
after 8 p.m. But if people must be outside, the health department recommends
looking for shade and wearing sunscreen and hats. And never leave a
child or pet in a closed or partly closed vehicle for any length of
are a number of ways residents can help reduce smog, advises the health
department. They include car-pooling, using public transit, not allowing
your vehicle to idle, using less electricity at home and limiting the
use of gas-engined lawn mowers, barbecues and painting.