Information on air quality in Alberta updated hourly

Information on air quality in Alberta updated hourly

Information on air quality in Alberta updated hourly

Due to the continued burning of the wildfires in British Columbia, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has expanded the Precautionary Air Quality Advisory to include the entire North Zone of Alberta Health Services.

AHS adds that minor smoke conditions do not typically cause health concerns in healthy individuals, however, there is a chance of irritation of the eyes and throat, plus shortness of breath, if conditions become more severe.

"I think right now Calgary area's got the worst in terms of the air quality, but it's going to fluctuate". However, they did warn, "areas closer to the foothills may see elevated AQHI values persist".

Environment Canada also issued special air-quality statements for much of southwestern Saskatchewan.

Medicine Hat is under an air quality advisory this morning.

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The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a Smoky Skies Bulletin for the following areas: Kinbasket, North Columbia, West Columbia, East Columbia, Okanagan, Shuswap, Similkameen, Nicola, South Thompson, North Thompson, 100 Mile, Cariboo (North and South), and Chilcotin.

"People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution", as quoted in the statement.

For hourly air-quality readings and daily forecasts, download the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Canada app.

It said children, seniors, and people with cardiovascular or lung diseases were especially at risk.

Air quality is expected to improve throughout the day.

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In addition, wearing a mask in an attempt to safeguard against the smoke is not recommended.

Environment Canada recommends to stay indoors if breathing becomes hard. Environment Canada said masks may make breathing more hard and can lead to a false sense of security, increasing the amount of time spent outdoors and an increased exposure to smoke.

Find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated.

Environment Canada said smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. Opening windows in the home is cautioned as polluted air could be let in.

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