New Westminster residents advised to stay indoors due to poor air quality

Sep 15 2020, 6:16 pm

Fraser Health extended an air quality advisory Tuesday afternoon that’s tied to hazardous smoke from a fire in New Westminster.

The massive fire in Pier Park broke out Sunday evening and has emitted smoke into the region’s air that’s already thick with smoky haze from wildfires burning south of the border.

This local fire burned the pier’s wooden pilings coated in creosote (a mixture of chemicals) that can cause further irritation if breathed in, according to Fraser Health.

“The best thing you can do at this time is to avoid the smoke. Minimize time outdoors and don’t spend time near the pier,” medical health officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal said in a news release.

The fine particulate matter circulating in the air in New Westminster and surrounding areas can be especially harmful to those with underlying lung and pulmonary conditions, pregnant women, children, and seniors.

Fraser Health is advising residents to remain indoors and close their windows.

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