The smoke from wildfires in other areas is causing poor air quality for our region. 

Environment Canada has issued another Special Air Quality Statement for Cochrane. 

The wildfire smoke has also reduced visibility. 

The smoky air can fluctuate over short distances and can vary from hour to hour. 

According to Environment Canada, individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung diseases 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.

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gasses which includes many chemicals that can harm your health.

For more information about air quality, you can go here