Fort Smith and the Salt River Reserve are experiencing environmental smoke exposure from wildfires in Alberta. The amount of smoke may change due to weather conditions.
Exposure to smoke is highest in people who are physically active outdoors (including outdoor workers). Exposure can quickly result in sore eyes, tears, cough and runny nose. People at risk of more severe health impacts include young children, the elderly, people with diabetes, lung or heart conditions, and (potentially) pregnant women.
You can reduce your exposure to smoke by avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and staying indoors with windows and doors closed.
Anyone experiencing serious symptoms such as wheezing, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath should go to their local health centre.
For the community of Fort Smith, Environment Canada monitors air quality and provides guidance for outdoor activities based on the Air Quality Health Index:
You can find additional information on the health effects of smoke at:
- Wildfire Smoke Information in the NWT
- Air Quality
- Wildfire Smoke And Your Health - Air Quality Self-assessment Method
For any community not listed, we are continuing to monitor air quality.