Airdrie and the surrounding areas continue to be under a special air quality statement due to wildfire smoke from British Columbia. The smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.
"Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits."
Other communities affected are:
- 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 Bottrel and Madden
- Rocky View Co. near Cochrane
As far as air quality forecasts go, on Monday, Airdrie is expected to see its Air Quality Health Index at 7 during the day, which is high risk. Overnight on Monday, the air quality is expected to improve, with the scale being lowered to 5, which is a moderate risk.
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