A special air quality statement is in effect for most parts of Central Alberta including the City of Red Deer.
Environment Canada issued the statement Thursday morning for parts of County of Stettler, Lacombe County, Ponoka County and Red Deer County, among other areas.
Thick smoke continues across regions of central and southern Alberta. The smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.
This number will “reach high values” according to Environment Canada. Smoke will linger until Friday in southern parts of the province.
Residents 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.
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 that is air-conditioned.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information.