The Canadian Air Quality Management Agency is warning residents of several neighbourhoods in Winnipeg to be on the lookout for a growing number of air-quality issues.
Residents of the downtown, south and west neighbourhoods are already being urged to keep a close eye on their water supply and air quality as more areas in the city’s core are experiencing the problem.
The agency says the levels of airborne pollutants such as PM2.5 and fine particulate matter are up in some areas, and that residents should take extra precautions when bathing.
Aldershot residents, meanwhile, are also being urged not to drink and drive while they’re at work, as the city is seeing an increase in the number of cases of air pollution and air pollution-related illnesses.CBC News reported on Wednesday that the city had seen a surge in PM2, PM10 and PM10.5 pollution over the past several months, as well as more severe air quality issues.
The city is now reporting a PM2 from 10 to 30 times the legal limit.
The new guidelines also recommend people with asthma should use masks and use other personal protective equipment such as a face mask, as there is a risk of developing the condition.
In the city, the number one pollutant is ozone, which is a combination of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
Ozone pollution can cause severe asthma attacks, heartburn, dizziness and shortness of breath.
Oxygen levels are also up, which can lead to skin rashes and other symptoms.