Dangerous B.C. air quality is among the worst on the planet
Alerts in Effect
Special Air Quality StatementIssued at 09:36 Saturday 31 July 2021
Smoke from forest fires scattered across central Saskatchewan is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility at times. A light northeasterly flow will push the smoke plume into the southeastern Grainbelt today.
In addition, above normal temperatures are expected through the weekend and into next week. The smoke and high temperatures may combine to bring further health stress to some individuals.
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.
Please call HealthLine 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with air quality.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.