WATCH ABOVE: A thick haze continued to hang over Calgary on Wednesday, thanks to wildfires south of the border. Stefan Keyes reports.
CALGARY – Air quality in Calgary continued to be a concern on Wednesday as smoke from western wildfires drifted into southern Alberta.
As of 12 p.m., air quality in Calgary was listed at 5 on the Government of Alberta’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and considered to be a moderate health risk.
Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services Dr. Jason Cabaj suggests all Calgarians limit their time outdoors.
“Normally with air quality, we’re especially concerned about people with chronic concerns and other vulnerable people such as young children and older adults… but in this case, the air is poor enough that everybody needs to pay attention to it.”
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To reduce exposure to the current poor air conditions, AHS suggests the following:
The poor air quality can also take a toll on animals.
Phil Fulton with the Calgary Humane Society advises pet owners to use caution when it comes to their furry friends.
“Everything that you’re seeing that Alberta Health Services is putting out about how to take care of ourselves… do the same thing for your animals,”
“If you have a dog or a cat that has any kind of respiratory issues – don’t go outside.”
Meanwhile, Calgary remains under a fire ban.
The Calgary Fire Department issued the fire ban on Tuesday afternoon to minimize the amount of smoke adding to the poor air quality.
The ban prohibits the use of fire pits, recreational campfires, chimeneas and wood-burning devices and will be in place until further notice.