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How to Stay Safe in Hazardous Air Conditions


June 7, 2023 by Wes Kilgore, Well Beings

A series of devastating wildfires have engulfed vast areas of Canada, unleashing a hazardous combination of smoke and ash that is significantly impacting air quality across the United States. With millions of Americans grappling with the effects of this ecological crisis, is committed to providing in-depth analysis, expert insights, and the latest news to keep you informed about the causes, consequences, and efforts to mitigate this environmental emergency. Here is a list of resources from PBS Newshour, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to help you navigate the far-reaching impacts of the wildfires on public health and the environment.

Air Quality Resources

How to Stay Safe When the Air Outside is Toxic (PBS NewsHour)

Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke (CDC)

Air Quality Index (EPA)

Hourly Air Quality Forecast (NWS)

Wildfire Smoke and Pregnancy (CDC)

Wildfire Smoke and Children (CDC)

Chronic Conditions and Wildfire Smoke (CDC)

Air Quality Safety (NWS)

You should also check your local health department’s website for region-specific guidance on dealing with poor air quality from the wildfires. They can provide information on health risks, evacuation procedures, and protective measures for vulnerable populations.

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