Precautionary air quality advisory expanded to include the entire North Zone

Alberta Health ServicesAlberta Health Services
Due to the continued burning of the wildfires in British Columbia, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has expanded the Precautionary Air Quality Advisory to include the entire North Zone of Alberta Health Services.Residents of the North Zone of AHS, and visitors to the North Zone of AHS, are advised to be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air conditions. Although minor smoke conditions do not typically cause health concerns in healthy individuals, if smoke conditions become more severe, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath. If you can taste and/or smell smoke in the air: • Monitor your symptoms.• Minimize physical activity outdoors. • Remain indoors with windows, doors and air circulation fans/vents closed. • If you drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run your car fan on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms in smoky air conditions.  These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs.Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 811, to speak to a registered nurse.

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