NOTICE: Air Quality in Calgary

NOTICE:  Very High Risk Air Quality in Calgary

Dear Tenants,

At Calgary Housing Company we care greatly about your health, comfort and well-being. As of today, August 15, the City of Calgary Air Quality has reached Very High Risk (10+) and will remain very high this afternoon and evening. In these conditions even the general population is at risk of the effects of the smoke that has travelled from the forest fires in BC, to Alberta.

Be sure to keep an eye on yourself, your family and your neighbours, and take precautions to keep yourself safe throughout the day.

  • Limit outdoor activity and strenuous physical activities as much as possible. If you have difficulty breathing, reduce your activities or stop altogether. Try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  • At home: stay indoors with the windows closed. Turn off your furnace and air conditioner as it may draw smoke indoors. Keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials.
  • In a vehicle: keep the windows closed and set the ventilation system to recirculate.
  • Care for others: Watch out for others in your care who may be more vulnerable to smoke.
  • Leave the area: If you are able to, make arrangements to move to a location with cleaner air.
  • Consult your physician or local health authority for additional advice.
  • Those at higher risk should begin to take precautions before the smoke becomes heavy.

Who is considered at Risk?

  • People with existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, or lung cancer. Cardiovascular conditions include angina, previous heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, or heart rhythm problems (arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat).
  • Young children and seniors
  • Those active outdoors
  • Pregnant women

Symptoms to watch out for

People who are otherwise healthy may have the following symptoms:

  • irritated eyes
  • increased mucus production in the nose or throat
  • coughing
  • difficulty breathing especially during exercise

More serious consequences include:

  • breathing difficulties, including asthma attacks
  • chest pains
  • heart palpitations
  • heart attacks

If any of these serious consequences occur, visit an emergency room or call 9-1-1.

People with existing illnesses may have the following specific symptoms:

  • People with asthma or COPD may notice an increase in cough, wheezing, shortness of breath or phlegm.
  • People with heart failure may experience increased shortness of breath or swelling in the ankles and feet.
  • People with heart rhythm problems may notice increased fluttering in the chest and feeling light-headed.
  • People with angina or coronary artery disease may have an increase in chest or arm pain.


If any serious consequences occur, visit an emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Air Quality is expected to improve overnight but will still be sitting at moderate to high risk levels on August 16.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Property Manager or Tenant Liaison for assistance, and keep an eye on Calgary’s Air Quality Index online (

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