Air quality alert issued due to wildfire smoke for Saturday, Aug. 11
A message from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency:
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued a statewide air quality alert due to smoke spreading across northern Minnesota Friday, and southern Minnesota on Saturday.
A thick blanket of smoke from wildfires in western Canada is expected to affect air quality in the Twin Cities from midday Saturday until Sunday afternoon.
People whose health is affected by unhealthy air quality
- People who have asthma or other breathing conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- People who have heart disease or high blood pressure.
- Children and older adults.
- People of all ages who are doing extended or heavy, physical activity like playing sports or working outdoors.
Air pollution can aggravate heart and cardiovascular disease as well as lung diseases such as asthma and COPD. When the air quality is unhealthy, people with these conditions may experience symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing or fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, use your inhalers as directed and contact your health care provider.
Take precautions: Everyone should take precautions when the air quality is unhealthy.
- Take it easy and listen to your body.
- Limit, change or postpone your physical activity level.
- If possible, stay away from local sources of air pollution such as busy roads and wood fires.
- If you have asthma or other breathing conditions such as COPD, make sure you have your relief/rescue inhaler with you.
- People with asthma should review and follow guidance in their written asthma action plans. Make an appointment to see your health provider if you don’t have an asthma action plan.
Pollution reduction tips
The main sources of fine particle pollution are any activity that uses fuel. Conserving energy and buying clean, renewable energy are great lifestyle choices to help reduce overall pollution.
- Reduce vehicle trips.
- Encourage use of public transport, or carpool, when possible.
- Postpone use of gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment on air alert days. Use battery or manual equipment instead.
- Avoid backyard fires.
For information on current air quality conditions in your area and to sign up for daily air quality forecasts and alert notifications by email, text message, phone, or the Minnesota Air mobile app visit MPCA’s Air Quality Index webpage. You can find additional information about health and indoor and outdoor air quality at Air Quality and Health webpage.
Aug. 10, 2018
Published Aug 10, 2018