Environment Canada has issued a smog warning – poor air quality is expected to last until Wednesday morning in the Saint-Lawrence valley, including: Montreal, Chateauguay, Laval and Longueil.
Micro-particles in the air will especially affect asthmatic children and people with respiratory or cardiovascular diseases. Environment Canada recommends that all such people avoid outdoor activities until the smog warning is lifted.
We can all help improve air quality by doing simple things, such as limiting the use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, opting to use public transit, reducing our driving speed and not letting our car engines idle unnecessarily.
In the Montreal area, wood burning is the main cause of poor air quality – more so than transportation or industrial activity. As of October 2018, wood burning will be prohibited in Montreal, but in the meantime, authorities are asking Montrealers to refrain from burning wood, especially during smog episodes like this one.