Alerts for: Slave Lake

Statements

4:54 PM MDT Sunday 05 July 2015
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Slave Lake

Poor air quality continues.

Due to the smoky conditions caused by wildfires in the Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta, a special air quality statement is in effect.

Individuals living in or travelling to the above noted areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In these current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

To reduce exposure to the current air conditions, all individuals can:

-reduce presence of smoke in indoor environments: -close and lock all outside windows and doors, including attached garage doors. -turn down furnace thermostats and furnace fans to the minimum setting. Do not attempt to extinguish pilot light. -if you have an air-conditioner, keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. -avoid running fans, such as whole-house fans or fresh air ventilation systems, that bring more smoky outdoor air inside. -switch all floor registers to closed position. -close fireplace dampers on wood burning fireplaces. -do not use wood burning fireplace, wood stoves or other smoke-producing appliances or features, including candles. -if you must drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run your car fans on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air. -reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants. -do not smoke. Tobacco smoking puts added stress on your lungs and those around you.

Individuals 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 current air conditions. These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs. Children and elderly are also at higher risk of smoke-related illness.

Air quality can vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds.

Issued by Environment Canada, Alberta environment and sustainable resource development and Alberta health

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