Calgary air quality worse than Beijing

Calgary’s air quality has risen from an eight early Tuesday morning to an increasingly unsafe 10 as smoke from Northern United States forest fires settle over the city.


Alberta Health Services and Environment Canada are continuing to advise residents about potential health problems, including shortness of breath, irritated eyes and scratchy throats.

Edmonton is no stranger to getting wildfire smoke that settles over the city, but this time it’s coming from the south. Fires burning in Washington are sending smoke all the way here.

The fire ban prohibits the use of fire pits, recreational campfires, chimneys, and wood-burning devices.

Keep windows and vents closed on vehicles, and run auto fans on re-circulate mode to avoid bringing in outdoor air.

AHS says people with respiratory conditions may notice a worsening of symptoms and that children and the elderly are at higher risk of smoke-related illness.

Reduce levels of physical activity, as necessary, to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants.

Details on air quality in Alberta can be found on the Alberta government’s Air Quality Health Index.

Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-247-7333.


Day-camp coordinators at both the University of Calgary and Canada Olympic Park told CBC Calgary that day camps have moved many outdoor activities inside.

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