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Air Quality Advisory issued for City of Cold Lake, Town of Bonnyville and surrounding areas

Alberta Health Services — Health Advisory

July 10, 2015

COLD LAKE – Due to smoke from wildfires burning near Cold Lake, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is issuing an air quality advisory for the City of Cold Lake, Town of Bonnyville and surrounding areas. This air quality advisory is in addition to the precautionary air quality advisory issued May 26, which also remains in place for the entire North Zone of AHS.

Individuals living or travelling in the above noted areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions.

In the 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:
Stay indoors as much as possible.
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 fire place 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.

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Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link at 811 to speak to a registered nurse.

Air quality can vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated regularly on the Alberta Parks Website at:  Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-247-7333.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 4 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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