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Detroit’s health department is providing safety tips to concerned residents while the air quality has been impacted by ongoing wildfires in Canada.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) issued another air quality alert for Southeast Michigan on Thursday. The federal government currently shows a red rating for air quality in Detroit. Ratings of red or orange represent unhealthy levels.
Health risks include minor to serious complications like eye discomfort and respiratory tract irritation. Older adults, pregnant women, children and people with preexisting respiratory and heart conditions may be more likely to get sick if they breathe in wildfire smoke.
Detroit’s acting Chief Public Health Officer Christina Floyd says her department is recommending that people concerned should limit their time outdoors and refrain from any outdoor strenuous activity.
It remains unknown when the air will clear up as fires continue to burn in Canada.
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