July 28, 2014 5:03 pm

Precautionary Air Quality Advisory lifted by Alberta Health Services

Smoke from the fires in Northern Alberta, NWT, and BC drift into Edmonton, July 18, 2014

Emily Mertz, Global News

EDMONTON – On Monday, Alberta Health Services lifted the precautionary Air Quality Advisory for the Central and Edmonton Zones. The advisory remains in effect for the North Zone.

AHS says air quality conditions in the Central and Edmonton Zones have improved and don’t pose a sustained increased risk of health concerns any more.

The advisory was issued on July 10.  

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Environment Canada’s Air Quality Health Index on Monday was listed as 4 (Moderate Risk).

Smoke from forest fires is still impacting air quality across northern Alberta, which is why the precautionary Air Quality Advisory has not been lifted for AHS’ North Zone, which includes much of northern Alberta, including Onoway, Redwater, and Elk Point.

Residents and visitors in the North Zone are advised to take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air conditions, including irritation of eyes and throat, or shortness of breath.

People 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, due to the smoky air conditions.  These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms does occur.

Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link Alberta 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 1.866.408.LINK (5465), to speak to a registered nurse.

To view Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index, click here.

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