NY Health Officials Advise New Yorkers to Stay Indoors as Air Quality Worsens
By Yehudit Garmaise
As an orange haze and a smoky smell continue to descend from 70 wildfires that are raging in Quebec, Canada, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued an air quality health advisory that will remain in effect until midnight tonight.
Warning that residents are at risk of breathing in high levels of pollution, which last night ranked as the highest in the world at one point, NYSDEC officials urged residents with asthma and other respiratory issues to remain indoors.
New York City public schools remain in session, but for today, all outdoor activities are canceled to protect the children from the toxins in the air.
While heading out and about today, state health officials advise New Yorkers to reduce their exertion outside and to avoid exercising outdoors.
Residents with respiratory issues and fears of the negative health effects caused by high levels of air pollution can wear masks outside and try to stay indoors as much as possible, health officials said.
While the NYSDEC expects the air quality to worsen this afternoon and evening, health officials said that the smoky haze should start to clear tomorrow.