As forest fires continue to blaze out of control in Saskatchewan and B.C., some health issues could arise for residents of the Foothills.

Air quality control is measured on a constant basis by Alberta Health Services, but there are some helpful hints to help those who are affected by hazy conditions.

Okotoks Fire Chief Ken Thevenot says if you're not quite sure of the air quality in your area, it's best to play it safe.

"Stay indoors more now," he says. "I know it's tough with the warmer weather you want to enjoy it, but with that air quality, at times with the smoke coming in, you might want to stay indoors more."

He says if you're planning an event or working outside, take a few steps to be ready for the haze out there.

"If you have to go outside, try minimize physical activity outside," Thevenot says. "Also check the weather and check the winds, where wind directions and wind speeds may bring in more smoke conditions.

Hazy environments can have a large effect on children, the elderly or those with respiratory problems and Thevenot says if you're outside and aren't feeling well you should take proper precautions.

"If you are experiencing any respiratory problems or difficulties, any change in your medical condition try to seek medical attention right away."

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