June 25, 2003

Precautions to take during smog alerts


NEWMARKET The Ministry of Environment (MOE), in partnership with Environment Canada, has issued another Smog Advisory today for several areas in Ontario, including the Regional Municipality of York.

During a Smog Alert, the public is advised to take precautions to minimize exposure to air pollutants and to refrain from activities that could worsen air quality. The following is suggested to protect those most affected by smog:

Individuals and businesses can make a big difference in helping to reduce smog levels, including:

For further information on air quality issues or a copy of the Smog Alerts booklet, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (toll free).

To find out what the current Air Quality Index (AQI) readings are for York Region, contact the Ministry of the Environment and Energy (MOEE). The MOEE posts air quality reports and 3-day forecasts at www.airqualityontario.com. Residents can be directly notified of Smog Alerts by registering for the Smog Alert by Email service on the provincial website. Air quality reports are also available by dialing 416-246-0411 or 1-800-387-7768 (in French 1-800-221-8852).

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Contact: Kim Clark, York Region Health Services

905-830-4444 Ext. 4101

kim.clark@region.york.on.ca


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

 
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