May 19, 2016
EDMONTON – As is often the case with air quality, smoky conditions have rapidly returned to the Edmonton Zone. As such, AHS is reinstating the precautionary air quality advisory, for Edmonton Zone. Due to wildfires burning in northern Alberta, air quality is expected to be variable across much of the Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) over the coming days, and potentially, weeks.
As such, AHS is issuing a precautionary air quality advisory for the entire Edmonton Zone of AHS.
Residents of the Edmonton Zone of AHS, and visitors to the Edmonton 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:
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 Alberta 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 811, to speak to a registered nurse.
Air quality can and will vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated hourly on the Alberta Environment Air Quality Website: http://airquality.alberta.ca. Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-247-7333. For additional information about Alberta’s ongoing wildfire situation visit www.ahs.ca/wildfire.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 4 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.
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