The National Weather Agency warned that the smoke was deteriorating air quality in Calgary, saying it could fluctuate over short distances and vary widely from hour to hour, but was of particular concern for children and the elderly.
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The smoke could cause a cough, throat irritation or shortness of breath, as well as headaches, Environment Canada said.
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People with cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases can be particularly susceptible to air pollution.
“They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels,” the statement warned. “Pollution can worsen their illnesses, leading to increased use of drugs, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits. “
Current Calgary Air Quality Health Index
At 10:53 a.m. on Friday, Alberta Environment and Parks rated Calgary’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) as 6 (moderate risk), with a forecast of 7 (high risk) throughout the day and 4 (moderate risk) Saturday. .
To view a radar map of the smoke forecast, visit the Alberta Wildfire website.
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