Compared to many other countries in the world, Canada’s air quality is among the best, but that doesn’t mean we can lower our guard during wildfire season.
Last night (August 24), Calgary’s air quality worsened as smoke blew in from the wildfires in California and British Columbia.
People whose health is at risk of being affected may include:
- Those with lung problems, for example, asthma.
Calgary’s air quality had returned to “Good” at around 9 p.m. last night, but as we continue to pay close attention to the development of the California and B.C. wildfires, monitoring the air quality in the coming days is a necessary step to take to protect ourselves from the negative impacts from the smoke.
Where to get reliable air quality reports?
- Visit Air Quality Health Index at https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/index_e.html. This page shows a summary of the most recent forecast values of the Air Quality Health Index for many Canadian cities.
For more information on wildfire smoke and air quality: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html
Word of the Day:
Wildfire: a large, destructive fire in a wilderness or a rural area