Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a special air quality statement for the southwest due to the presence of wildfire smoke.

Smoke is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility this morning for some areas of the southwest. The fine particles in wildfire smoke pose the main health risk; as smoke levels increase, health risks increase.

People most at-risk include seniors, pregnant women and pregnant people, people who smoke, infants and young children, people who work outdoors, people involved in strenuous outdoor exercise and people with an existing illness or chronic health condition. Those who are more likely to be impacted should reduce or reschedule activities outdoors and seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms.

Symptoms can include milder and more common things such as eye, nose and throat irritation, as well as serious but less common symptoms such as chest pains or severe cough.

When there is an extreme heat event occurring with poor air quality, prioritize keeping cool. Today's high is 31 for Swift Current. 

If spending time outdoors wear a well-constructed, well-fitting respirator type mask (such as a NIOSH-certified N95 or equivalent respirator) to help reduce exposure to the fine particles in the smoke.

Check in on others who are in your care or live nearby who may be more likely to be impacted by wildfire smoke.