Environment Canada has launched a Special Air Quality Statement for Cochrane, Airdrie and the surrounding area.
Elevated pollution levels are being caused by stagnant winter weather conditions, but the situation is expected to improve overnight. Those with lung diseases, including asthma and COPD, are particularly sensitive to air pollution and may experience more severe health effects even at lower levels. This can result in increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospitalizations.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as coughing, throat irritation, headaches, or shortness of breath, and children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease are at higher risk. To mitigate these risks, Environment Canada suggests people with breathing problems be mindful of their exposure to air pollution.
If you are experiencing symptoms, reduce outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.
Areas affected include Cochrane, Airdrie and
- Mountain View Co. near Carstairs and Stirlingville
- Mountain View Co. near Cremona and Water Valley
- Mountain View Co. near Olds and Didsbury
- Mountain View Co. near Sundre
- Rocky View Co. near Airdrie and Crossfield
- Rocky View Co. near Bottrel and Madden