Health Care during Wildfires

Wildfire smoke in Saskatchewan can be tough to handle and it can take a toll on your eyes, lungs, and heart. 💨🔥

Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory or cardiovascular conditions are at a higher risk of smoke-related illness and worsening of symptoms.

When an air quality advisory is in effect due to wildfire smoke, all individuals are advised to take the following precautions to reduce exposure and risk:

  • Reduce presence of smoke in indoor environments:
    • Close and lock all outside windows and doors, including attached garage doors.
    • Turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting. Do not attempt to extinguish pilot light.
    • If you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
    • Avoid running fans, such as “whole-house fans” or “fresh air ventilation systems”, that bring more smoky outdoor air inside.
    • Switch all floor registers to closed position.
    • Close fire place dampers on wood burning fireplaces.
    • Do not use wood burning fireplace, wood stoves or other smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles.
  • If you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run car fans on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.
  • Reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants.
  • Do not smoke tobacco – smoking puts added stress on your lungs and those around you.
  • Residents are reminded not to use backyard fire pits or fire boxes in parks when the air quality risk is high or very high.

Individuals experiencing symptoms can call Health Link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse.

Information about the air quality in many areas of Saskatchewan is updated regularly on the Saskatchewan Government Environment Website at

http://environment.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=45dbacf9-7290-435e-b44b-0d526de3e5d1&l=English