Wildfire smoke continues to cause poor air quality and reduced visibility due to elevated values of fine particulate matter.
According to a special air quality statement for Airdrie and the surrounding areas, air quality and visibility due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can vary considerably from hour to hour.
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."
Environment and Climate Change Canada warn that individuals who have been exposed to wildfire smoke should consider taking extra precautions to reduce more exposure.
"Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can harm your health."
The special air quality statement encompasses:
- 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
- Rocky View Co. near Cochrane
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