Did you see the red sun today?
Environment Canada has issued a ‘Special air quality statement‘ for Calgary this evening.
“Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.
A plume of smoke from forest fires in the vicinity of Banff National Park and central British Columbia are causing elevated values of the Air Quality Health Index this evening as a cold front moves through southern Alberta. Air Quality is expected to improve from north to south on Monday however areas closer to the foothills may see elevated AQHI values persist.”
The statement says, “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.”
Officials say wearing a mask is not the best way to protect yourself during a smoke event. “In fact, masks may lead to a false sense of security, which may encourage increased physical activity and time spent outdoors, meaning increased exposure to smoke. They can also make breathing more difficult.”
- 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 (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.