Detroit Evening Report: Detroit health officials share safety tips as air quality continues to suffer

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A photo of the Detroit skyline's reduced visibility due to poor air quality in Detroit, Mich. on June 7, 2023.

Detroit’s health department is providing safety tips to concerned residents while the air quality has been impacted by ongoing wildfires in Canada.

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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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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.