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Video: Trouble breathing today? You're not alone

Poor air quality causing headaches and more for Sudburians

Much of Greater Sudbury smelled like a campfire today as smoke from a nearby forest fire has settled over the city, causing poor air quality.

Smoke plumes are over parts of the region from forest fires in the vicinity of Key River.

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement at around 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 and again at 3:10 p.m. 

Public Health Sudbury and Districts is reminding Sudburians to keep themselves safe while air quality is poor.

"People with respiratory or heart conditions, people who smoke, people with asthma, as well as the elderly and young children are most at risk with these conditions," said Jane Bulloch, health promoter, Public Health Sudbury and Districts.

"We want to remind people that anyone can be affected by the current air quality, not just those who are more at risk."

Symptoms associated with breathing the smoky air include eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, shortness of breath and increased coughing.

If you can avoid going outdoors today, that's your best bet. Bulloch advises Sudburians to reduce or reschedule any outdoor activities for the time being.

"Keep your windows and doors closed at home and set your air conditioners to recycle so that they're not pulling in air from outside," said Bulloch.

"You need to understand your risk but also take precaution for people in your care such as small children or elderly family members, keep an eye out for symptoms."

If you're concerned about any symptoms you may be experiencing you're encouraged to contact Tele Health Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.