Wildfire Smoke and Your Health

Lisa C. Uncategorized

Air quality advisories are in effect for many communities in Alberta as wildfire smoke moves in from British Columbia.

In Canada, wildfire season typically runs from early April to late October. Wildfires can significantly increase air pollution levels, which can harm your health.

Symptoms of smoke exposure:
  • Mild and common symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, sinus irritation, scratchy throat, mild coughing and headache.
  • Less common and more serious symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing (including asthma attacks), severe cough, dizziness, chest pains, heart palpitations.
How to protect your health during a wildfire
  • Limit outdoor activity and strenuous physical activities as much as possible.
  • Drink lots of water to help your body cope with the smoke.
  • Sealing or keeping windows and doors closed.
  • Avoid smoking, vacuuming, burning of incense and candles indoors.
More information:

During prolonged smoke exposure, it’s important to stay active when you can. Pay attention to the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) or other indicators of smoke levels in your community and watch for opportunities to get outside and be active if conditions improve. Get air quality updates on your mobile device. Download the app for iOS and Android: https://open.alberta.ca/blog/?page_id=160

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Irritation: discomfort or inflammation in a body part