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Air quality statements extend across western Canada

Environment Canada has issued air quality statements across the western provinces including places like Lloydminster.

Smoke is causing or expected to cause poor air quality and reduced visibility, states the federal forecaster.

Air quality conditions are expected to improve on Wednesday.

They advise that wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations and that people take action to reduce their exposure.

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People with lung illness, such as asthma or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant women, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke.

Consult with your health care provider about developing a management plan for wildfire smoke events and maintaining a supply of necessary medications at home and always carrying these medications with you during wildfire season, states the advisory.

Also, stop or reduce your activity level if breathing becomes uncomfortable or you or someone in your care feels unwell. Contact your health care provider or local health authority if you develop severe symptoms or need advice.

Check the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and monitor your symptoms. People respond differently to smoke. Mild irritation and discomfort are common, and usually disappear when the smoke clears. Drinking lots of water can help your body cope with the smoke.

The forecast suggests that prevailing northwest winds will ease between Wednesday and Friday, however some of the heavier amounts of smoke could affect Lloydminster and area from Thursday evening to Friday – again depending on the wind.

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