Air quality statement issued by Environment Canada

By Lara Fominoff @LaraFominoff on Twitter
August 14, 2018 - 11:24am

LETHBRIDGE - Over the course of the next couple of days, air quality from the Crowsnest Pass, east to the Taber area, south to the U.S. border and north to the Calgary area, is expected to drastically deteriorate.

Environment Canada says smoke plumes from forest fires in B.C. will be moving into Alberta, creating poor air quality conditions.

The conditions will also vary from region to region and hour by hour. Environment Canada is asking those with chronic lung conditions like asthma and COPD to stay indoors when conditions begin to change. Children and seniors are also particularly vulnerable.

The pollution created by the smoke and particles in the air can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, and more doctor/emergency room/hospital visits.

Environment Canada is asking people to find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated and to use an air conditioner that cools and filters air if possible. Opening windows in your home may simply let in more polluted air.

If your home isn't air-conditioned, you're being asked to consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.

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