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Wildfire smoke causing poor air quality and reduced visibility in Red Deer

Conditions expected to improve Wednesday
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a special air quality statement Tuesday morning for Red Deer. (Photo submitted by Judy Anderson)

A special air quality statement was issued Tuesday morning for Red Deer due to wildfire smoke.

Air quality for the city had climbed to eight on the 10-plus air quality index scale, indicating a high risk from the smoke.

Air quality conditions are expected to improve on Wednesday.

Environment and Climate Change Canada said wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations.

People with lung disease, such as asthma, or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects.

People should stop or reduce their activity level if breathing becomes uncomfortable or they feel unwell, and should contact their health care provider, or local health authority, if they develop severe symptoms or need advice.

Residents should check the Air Quality Health Index and monitor symptoms. People respond differently to smoke. Mild irritation and discomfort are common, and usually disappear when the smoke clears. Drinking lots of water can help your body cope with the smoke.

Red Deer’s Air Quality Health Index is available at:

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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