LETHBRIDGE -- Due to wildfire smoke, Alberta Health Services has issued a precautionary air quality warning for the entire province due to wildfire smoke.
The warning came into effect Wednesday afternoon. The air quality will vary due to winds and weather conditions, however the advisory will remain in place until further notice. Residents and visitors are reminded to be aware of air conditions and take steps to prevent health concerns that could be associated with the air conditions.
Minor smoke conditions do not typically cause health problems for health individuals, according to AHS. If smoke conditions become more severe, health individuals can also experience temporary eye and throat irritation, and possible shortness of breath.
AHS advises people who taste or smell smoke in the air to monitor their symptoms, minimize outdoor physical activity and stay indoors with windows, doors and air circulation vents closed.
Additionally, drivers are advised to keep their windows or vents closed when driving.
Those with respiratory conditions, such as asthma and COPD or cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure, angina or a previous heart attack, may notice a worsening of symptoms due to the conditions. AHS says people with those conditions should continue monitoring their symptoms and take precautions recommended by their doctor.
People experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link at 811 to speak with a registered nurse.
According to Environment Canada, Lethbridge’s air quality was listed as 4 at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, indicating a moderate risk. The index can be viewed here.
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