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A message from your Saint John EMO

UPDATE: Shelter in place order expanded to include all Saint John due to concerns over air quality from fire at AIM facility 

The SJ-EMO, on the advice of the Regional Medical Officer of Health, has expanded the current shelter-in-place order to include all residents of Saint John due to the fire at the AIM recycling facility. As a result of the industrial nature of the outdoor fire, air quality has been affected.  

Public Health also strongly recommends that anyone who can see and smell smoke in neighbouring communities should shelter in place, until the fire is brought under control. 

Residents are asked to remain in their homes, if possible. Closing all windows and doors is recommended as well as turning off HVAC systems.

It is recommended that if you are in an area where you smell smoke, you limit your time outside. Should you need to be outside, limit your time outdoors as much as possible. Wearing a well-fitted respirator mask, like an N95 and not a surgical mask, can help to reduce exposure to fine particles, but may not protect against other contaminants. 

Emergency personnel have remained onsite since early this morning to contain the fire. 

According to Dr. Rita Gad, Regional Medical Officer of Health, people can be affected by poor air quality and experience coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath. Children, seniors and people with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are particularly at risk. People experiencing difficulty breathing or chest discomfort should consult their physician or contact Tele-Care 811. People in severe distress should always call 911 immediately.

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