Alberta Health Services has issued a precautionary air quality advisory for the entire central zone, as smoke from the British Columbia wildfires pours into the province.
Due to the fires air quality is expected to be variable across much of the central zone over the coming days and potentially, weeks.
Nearly half a million people live in the central zone and includes Red Deer, Drayton Valley, Rocky Mountain House and Drumheller.
AHS recommends that residents and visitors of the zone be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air conditions.
The advisory was issued just before 5 p.m. on Monday and recommends if you can taste and/or smell smoke in the air to:
• Monitor your symptoms.
• Minimize physical activity outdoors.
• Remain indoors with windows, doors and air circulation fans/vents closed.
• If you drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run your car fan on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.
"Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms in smoky air conditions. These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs."
Due to air quality varying with weather conditions and winds, the advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta can be found on the Alberta Environment Air Quality Website: http://airquality.alberta.ca.
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