Environment Canada issues air quality advisory

By CHAT News Today
August 31, 2017 - 12:31pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB — Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Medicine Hat and surrounding area due to smoke in the city.

According to the advisory, smoke in the air is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. As of 11 a.m., the Alberta Air Quality Index was at a five, indicating “moderate risk.”

Areas under the smoke advisory are:

-City of Medicine Hat

-Co. of Forty Mile near Bow Island and Whitla

-Co. of Newell near Patricia

-Co. of Newell near Tilley and Rolling Hills

-Cypress Co. near Bowell and Redcliff

-Cypress Co. near Bowmanton Schuler and Hilda

-Cypress Co. near CFB Suffield

-Cypress Co. near Dunmore and Woolchester

-Cypress Co. near Irvine and Walsh

-Cypress Co. near McNeill and Sandy Point District Park

-Cypress Co. near Seven Persons

-Cypress Co. near Suffield and Hwy 879

-Cypress Co. near Tide Lake

-S.A. 2 near Bindloss Empress and Social Plains

-S.A. 2 near Buffalo and Cavendish

-S.A. 2 near Iddesleigh and Dinosaur Prov. Park

-S.A. 2 near Jenner and Atlee

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches and shortness of breath. Children, seniors and those with cardiovascular and lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. For those, people, the pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use and emergency room visits.

Environment Canada is advising those with breathing difficulties to stay inside in a place that is cool and ventilated. 

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