Stagnant weather conditions creating elevated pollution levels in Calgary: ECCC

Representative Image of Calgary’s Elevated Pollution Levels on Unsplash by Niklas Liniger

Calgary/CMEDIA: A special air quality statement has been released on Monday afternoon by the Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for the City of Calgary, as well as communities north of the city.

“Stagnant weather conditions are creating elevated pollution levels,” the agency said.

“Conditions are forecast to improve overnight tonight.”

Both Calgary and Airdrie are listed at 7 or a “high risk” level for residents according to the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI),

Due to the adverse weather conditions on Monday, Calgary residents who are sensitive to air pollution are being advised to take precautions .

It was suggested by the Index that individuals at risk should “reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors” until the situation improves.

“Children and the elderly should also take it easy,” the AQHI’s website said.

Anyone exhibiting symptoms such as throat irritation or coughing is advised to consider taking the same precautions.

“People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels,” ECCC said.

“Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.”

The periods of high air pollution pose risk to diabetic pateints, children and the elderly.

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