Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Cochrane as well as other parts in Rocky View County.
This is because of the smoke coming in from wildfires in the U.S.
The air quality statement is in effect for the following areas:
- Rocky View County near Cochrane
- Rocky View County near Airdrie and Crossfield
- Rocky View County near Bottrel and Madden
- Mountain View County near Carstairs and Stirlingville
- Mountain View County near Cremona and Water Valley
- Mountain View County near Olds and Didsbury
- Mountain View County near Sundre
Smoke coming from wildfires in Washington, Oregon, and California has caused poor air quality and has reduced visibility in Alberta today.
These smoky conditions across the southern parts of our province are expected to get worse throughout the day but are expected to improve by tomorrow.
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.