The City of Yellowknife has recently reported that the Air Quality Health Index has risen drastically at the start of the week.
Heading into Tuesday, the City is currently experiencing an air quality level of 7, and it is expected to jump to 9 later in the day. While the air quality is expected to drop down again by Wednesday, the current quality serves as a reminder that even if there appears to be no smoke in the air, there are still those who will be at risk.
Particularly bad air quality can negatively affect people with heart and lung conditions, as well as children and the elderly. If a family member may be vulnerable to poor air quality, it is recommended that any strenuous outdoor activities be cancelled or rescheduled.
Symptoms of poor air quality in a vulnerable person can include coughing and throat irritation.