Thursday, September 14, 2017

Air quality statement in effect

Smoke near Beauvais Lake Sept. 11 (C. Davis)

Issued 10:27 MDT Wednesday September 14, 2017 by Environment Canada, Alberta Environment and Parks and Alberta Health

Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • M.D. of Pincher Creek near Beauvais Lake Prov. Park, Cowley Burmis, Maycroft, Pincher Creek, and Twin Butte
  • M.D. of Ranchland
  • Municipality of Crowsnest Pass including Coleman and Frank
  • Piikani Reserve
  • Waterton Lakes Nat. Park and Blood Res. 148A

Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.

Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.

The wildfires burning in Waterton Lakes National Park continue to produce widespread smoke and poor air quality over southwestern areas of the province, especially near the park boundary.
Rain and cooler temperatures have dampened the smoke somewhat, but local pockets of dense smoke are still likely.

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.

If your home is not air-conditioned, be sure the house doesn't get too warm when doors and windows are closed to keep out smoke. Exposure to too much heat can also result in illness.

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.

Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that's cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn't air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

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