The special air quality statement from Environment Canada continues today (Thurs.) in Manitoba.
Winds are blowing smoke from forest fires in Alberta and BC across the prairies causing poor air quality and at times reduced visibility.
The smoke is expected to last a few more days, according to forecasters.
For some people, this could mean coughing, throat irritation and shortness of breath, especially children, seniors and people with heart or lung diseases like asthma.
Even healthy individuals can suffer from sore eyes, tears, coughing and a runny nose.
Experts say wearing a mask isn’t the best protection because it can create a false sense of security which leads some to spend more time outside being exposed to the smoke.
If you’re in a smoky part of the province:
- limit outdoor activity and/or strenuous physical activity,
-if breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity,
- reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air, as conditions can vary dramatically by area,
- turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors,
- keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials.