Smoke from forest fires results in air quality advisory for Edmonton area

Alberta Health Services has issued an air quality advisory for residents with breathing problems to take precautions.

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services has issued an air quality advisory for residents with breathing problems to take precautions.

The department says the poor air quality is due to drifting smoke from forest and bush fires in northern Alberta and at the boundaries with the Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan borders.

Smoke and fine particulate matter can be absorbed deep into an individual’s lungs where it can cause problems for individuals with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, angina, previous heart attack or congestive heart failure.

The department says the air quality does not pose a health hazard for those in good health.

Acting medical officer of health Dr. Marcia Johnson recommends individuals with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions remain indoors, keep their windows closed and limit strenuous physical activity.

She says people who experience difficulty breathing should consult their physicians.