Province offering air quality notifications by text

B.C. residents can now subscribe to get air quality notifications by text message.

On Friday, the provincial Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy launched a text subscription service that provides real-time air quality and smoky skies notifications. The province had previously only offered the service by email.

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"Whether for COVID-19-related reasons, for wildfire smoke information or for pure curiosity, you can now reach no further than your pocket to find out about the air quality around you," Environment Minister George Heyman said in a press release. "This subscription service is a helpful tool for all British Columbians, particularly for those with pre-existing or chronic health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women, those concerned about the health of their infants or small children, or those just looking to spend some time being active outside."

Prince George is one of 76 sites in the province that gather and report hourly air quality data.

For more information, or to subscribe, go online to www2.gov.bc.ca/airquality-subscriptionservice.

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