Poor air quality readings in northern Saskatchewan trigger warning

Smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan triggered air quality warnings from Environment Canada on Wednesday. (Facebook)

Through PANOW staff

Air quality warning

Jul 14, 2021 | 4:55 p.m.

Environment Canada has issued special air quality statements in several communities in Saskatchewan.

Many forest fires in the north produce reduced visibility to smoke and poor air quality for communities downwind of the fires.

“On Tuesday, northerly winds swept the smoke from these fires south into central Saskatchewan. Winds will move south today, improving poor air quality in central regions, but bringing smoke from forest fires northward, causing poor air quality values ​​for communities across the region. northern Saskatchewan, ”the statement read.

Environment Canada has described smoke from forest fires as a “constantly evolving mixture of particles and gases that includes many chemicals that can harm our health.” As a result, residents may experience symptoms such as an increasing cough, throat irritation, headache, or shortness of breath. Jaimie Peters, registered nurse and certified respiratory educator at the Lung Association of Saskatchewan, said children, the elderly and people with cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases, such as asthma, are particularly at risk.

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