May 06, 2016

Air Quality Health Advisory

Health officials are advising people to take precautions as smoke from forest fires in Alberta is spreading across Saskatchewan, resulting in poor air quality.  People with lung and heart conditions, older adults and seniors are particularly at risk.

“Smoke can cause increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches and shortness of breath,” Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said.  “Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if you get worse, particularly if you have a pre-existing respiratory condition.”

People with heart or lung conditions (such as asthma) should consider remaining indoors if they can see a haze or smoke, especially if they can smell or taste the smoke.  Healthy people typically don’t experience symptoms but should reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoors activities if smoke levels are high.

Everyone is encouraged to adapt their activities as necessary if air quality continues to deteriorate.  Keep indoor air as clean as possible by keeping your windows closed.  Residents can check current air quality conditions at for areas of Saskatchewan and at for southern Saskatchewan.

Wildfire smoke forecasts for western Canada are available at  The Air Quality Health Index of Saskatchewan’s major centres can be accessed at

For health concerns related to air quality, visit HealthLine Online at  For advice on symptoms and precautions, call HealthLine at 811.