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Chilliwack residents invited to free air-filter workshop

Participants will build their own DIY filter as B.C. prepares for wildfire season
Participants build do-it-yourself air filters at a recent workshop at Century House in New Westminster. A similar workshop will be held in Chilliwack on March 29. (Submitted by Simon Fraser University)

Chilliwack residents will be learning how to make their own emergency air filters this Wednesday, led by a team from Simon Fraser University.

A free workshop is being held May 29 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) office, and participants will be building their own air cleaner to take home. The idea is to help people protect themselves and their families from wildfire smoke this summer.

The team leading the worksop is from the Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society. The air cleaners they will help people build are able to reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants like wildfire smoke, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen.

The goal is to reduce exposure to fine particulates from wildfire smoke, which can cause lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exacerbate asthma and make life miserable for people with existing lung disease. The team is hoping that residents with higher risks will take part, including seniors and new and expecting mothers.

The materials for the workshop, and the space, are being provided by the FVRD.

To register, phone 604-702-5496.

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Jessica Peters

About the Author: Jessica Peters

I began my career in 1999, covering communities across the Fraser Valley ever since.
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