Precautionary Air Quality Advisory In Effect for Central AlbertaRed Deer 2017/07/17

Due to wildfires burning in British Columbia, air quality is expected to be variable across much of the Central Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) over the coming days and potentially, weeks.

As such, AHS is issuing a precautionary air quality advisory for the entire Central Zone of AHS.

Residents of, and visitors to, the Central Zone of AHS, are advised to be aware of air conditions and take precautions against potential health concerns that can be associated with smoky air conditions.

Although minor smoke conditions do not typically cause health concerns in healthy individuals, if smoke conditions become more severe, even healthy individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat, and possibly shortness of breath.

If you can taste and/or smell smoke in the air:

  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Minimize physical activity outdoors.
  • Remain indoors with windows, doors and air circulation fans/vents closed.
  • If you drive to another location, keep windows and vents closed. Run your car fan on re-circulate mode to avoid drawing in outdoor air.

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), may notice a worsening of symptoms in smoky air conditions. These individuals should monitor for worsening of symptoms and take the precautions routinely recommended by their physicians if a worsening of symptoms occurs.

Individuals experiencing symptoms can also call Health Link 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 811, to speak to a registered nurse.

Air quality can and will vary with weather conditions and prevailing winds. Because air quality is expected to be variable, this advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Information about the air quality in many areas of Alberta is updated hourly on the Alberta Environment Air Quality Website: Air quality information is also available by phone, toll-free, at 1-877-247-7333.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 4 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.


RE: A free idle free online resource has been designed from local experience to help you. (Use attached link).,2017.pdf


It is our honour and privilege to introduce you to our new Idle-Free Toolkit put together by the Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ) Idle Free Committee.  It provides resources and learnings from two pilot projects that took place from 2014-2016 in central Alberta: the Town of Sylvan Lake and Lacombe County. From these pilots, we have put together an online toolkit at the above link or on our website under Resources/Education/Idle Free. It has tailor made resources, ready-made templates and guidance to help any municipality or community group in  Alberta wishing to reduce unnecessary vehicle idling.


Vehicle idling is an ongoing concern for central Alberta due to the potentially serious human health and environmental impacts of excessive automobile emissions. Airborne particulate matter levels for the Red Deer area have recently exceeded Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards. With Alberta’s rapidly growing population and increasing industrial activity, air pollution in the form of particulate matter is likely to increase and spread throughout the province without targeted strategies to address root causes.


For this reason, more and more communities are taking action to reduce idling in their areas. We hope you will look at this toolkit and use it, as you see fit, for your community. 

Job posting:Communications and Community Engagement Consultant RequiredPAMZ region 2017/07/04

The Parkland Airshed Management Zone( PAMZ) requires a permanent, part time  Communication and Community  Engagement  Consultant  to assist the PAMZ  Communication  Committee. Hours are  flexible and an individual can work from home.  Preference will be given to individuals living  in the PAMZ or Red Deer region and to  persons who have  exemplary computer and social media communication skills.
 If interested, please submit your resume to by July 4, 2017.
 See attached job description.


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