Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is expecting smoke from wildfires over Quebec to continue to linger throughout the day on Thursday and result in elevated fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels. These levels are expected to exceed unhealthy levels for the entire state as the smoke slowly disperses throughout the day.
“It is recommended that you limit the amount of time you need to be outside and avoid strenuous activities, particularly if you have respiratory issues or other similar ailments until the air quality improves,” Nick Marsan, Acting Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director said.
The Westport Office of Emergency Management encourages daycare providers, summer camps and elder/senior centers to subscribe to the Air Quality Index (AQI).
Subscribing to the AQI is fast and easy and will provide you with important information each day about Connecticut’s air quality through the spring and summer. The AQI link provides facts and information regarding ground-level ozone, its health effects, what to do on a high ozone day, and most importantly what you can do to help reduce ground-level ozone in your backyard.
When air quality reaches Unhealthy levels, individuals with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should avoid prolonged exertion and even healthy individuals should limit prolonged exertion. The general population may see increased respiratory effects.