Air quality in Chicago area at unhealthy levels due to smoke from Canadian wildfires.
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Smoke from wildfires burning in Canada are leading to very hazy conditions in the Chicago area Tuesday.
Much of the area Tuesday is in the unhealthy category for all people, not just those with respiratory ailments.
Air Quality Alerts are in effect for the Chicago area and the Rockford area for until midnight Wednesday. Alerts are also in effect in Wisconsin and Indiana.. For More Information….
All Evanston beaches have been closed for the remainder of Tuesday due to air quality issues, police said.
ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler said it will remain hazy throughout the day.
With the poor air quality, Recommends people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens to reduce exposure by:
-Avoiding strenuous outdoor activities
-Keeping outdoor activities short.
-Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.
For everyone, officials recommend people:
-Choose less strenuous activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard.
-Shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors.
-Be active outdoors when air quality is better.
Mayor Brandon Johnson issued a statement on the air quality saying, “The City of Chicago is carefully monitoring and taking precautions as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has categorized our Air Quality Index as “unhealthy” due to Canadian wildfire smoke present in the Chicago region. We recommend children, teens, seniors, people with heart or lung disease, and individuals who are pregnant avoid strenuous activities and limit their time outdoors.
“For additional precautions, all Chicagoans may also consider wearing masks, limiting their outdoor exposure, moving activities indoors, running air purifiers, and closing windows. The City will keep giving out information and acting quickly to ensure that people in need have the resources to protect themselves and their family as long as these hazardous conditions continue. Dial 911 if anyone needs immediate medical attention.
“This summer, cities across North America have seen unhealthy levels of air quality as a result of wildfire smoke, impacting over 20 million people from New York City, Washington DC, Montreal, and today here in Chicago. As we work to respond to the immediate health concerns in our communities, this concerning episode demonstrates and underscores the harmful impact that the climate crisis is having on our residents, as well as people all over the world.
To reduce these risks and make sure that every Chicagoan in every community gets the resources and security they need to succeed we must act quickly.