Smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta was causing poor air quality and reducing visibility over much of Alberta Friday morning.
Red Deer’s air quality reached a high risk of 10+ on a scale of 10 Friday morning.
By Friday night, the risk is forecast to drop to a moderate five out of 10.
For central and southern regions, the thickest smoke is expected to move northwestwards later this morning as the flow continues to shift to southeasterly. But conditions may remain hazy into the weekend.
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.
People should stay inside if they have breathing difficulties.
For more information please visit Alberta Health Services at www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/air.aspx.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce the health risk.