Health Risks Due to Canadian Wildfires

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – The more than 400 Canadian wildfires are coating the northeastern U.S. states in an ever thickening haze of polluted air causing an ongoing air-quality alert. 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued air quality health advisories across Western New York. 

The alerts are a result of the fine smoke particles traveling across the region which can affect the lungs and heart.

The air quality alerts warn “sensitive groups,” such as children, older adults, and those pre existing conditions, such as asthma and chronic pulmonary diseases.

“Today would be a good day to find something in the house to get caught up on,“ explained Public Health Director Michael Faulk M.D. “We have been blessed with beautiful weather lately, and we’ve all been working hard outside on our yards and properties. However, this may give us a break to stay inside with the windows closed, without fans, and figure some other things out indoors.”

Here in Jamestown, the school district canceled two sporting events in the afternoon. In addition the schools are limiting outdoor activities.

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