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The Calgary Region Airshed Zone is proud to present a guide explaining health effects and exposure reduction resources to wildfire smoke.

Community Guide to Wildfire Smoke and Health

Overview

Over the past few years, residents of the Province of Alberta have experienced increased smoke exposure as a result of severe wildfires. This guide has been created to support communities during smoke and poor air quality events.

The aim of the ‘Community Guide to Wildfire Smoke and Health’, is to provide consistent Alberta-specific messaging, resources, and information to help municipalities, companies, schools, organizations, and the public to plan for and prepare for wildfire smoke events. A primary focus of the guide is tips and tools for communicating and educating the public about the effects of wildfire smoke on health.

The Community Guide to Wildfire Smoke and Health is intended to be an evolving document. This document and future reversions will be housed on the CRAZ website to ensure that users have access to the most up-to-date information.

Topics include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources included:

Air Quality Health Index Templates:

  • AQHI based response plans
  • Response plan for poor air quality due to wildfire smoke
  • Outdoor Activity Guidance for Children’s Programs
    • Clubs
    • Sports
    • Schools
    • Daycares

https://www.alberta.ca/about-the-air-quality-health-index.aspx

In collaboration with:

Thank you to all contributors for the wealth of experience and knowledge that made this
document a possibility.
Alberta Environment and Parks
Alberta Health Services
Calgary Emergency Management Agency
CD Nova
City of Chestermere
Department of Indigenous Services Canada
Foothills County Emergency Services
Lafarge Canada Inc.
Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.
Parks Canada
Ted Sutton
Town of Black Diamond
Town of Canmore

For more information on the Guide, the Smoke Working Group, or about CRAZ, please email tanya.carlson@craz.ca

Tanya Carlson

Engagement Program Manager

Calgary Region Airshed Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

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