Detroit Evening Report: Air quality alert for Metro Detroit extended to Thursday

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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 health officials are once again alerting residents about poor air quality in the city due to ongoing Canadian wildfires.

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The Detroit Health Department is providing guidance for residents to protect themselves from smoke coming from Canada. Acting Chief Public Health Officer Christina Floyd is advising residents to minimize their exposure outdoors.

“We definitely encourage closing your windows, both to your vehicles as well as your home or businesses, [and] minimizing or excluding any outdoor activities throughout the time of the alert,” says Floyd.

Older adults, pregnant women, children and people with preexisting respiratory and heart conditions should avoid extended time outside because they may be more likely to get sick if they breathe in wildfire smoke.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has issued an air quality alert for Southeast Michigan through Thursday night.

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WDET Morning Edition host Pat Batcheller contributed to this story.

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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.