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Chicago Area Experiences Unhealthy Air Quality Levels!

Chicago Area Experiences Unhealthy Air Quality Levels Caused by Canadian Wildfire Smoke.

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The Chicago area is experiencing very hazy conditions on Tuesday due to smoke from wildfires burning in Canada.

The air quality in much of the area is categorized as unhealthy for all individuals, not just those with respiratory ailments.

Air Quality Alerts are currently in effect for the Chicago area, the Rockford area, Wisconsin, and Indiana until midnight Wednesday.

According to AirNow.gov, as of 11 a.m., the air quality index for Chicago is listed as 198.

Throughout the day, the hazy conditions are expected to persist, as stated by ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler.

Given the poor air quality, AirNow.gov recommends the following for individuals with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and teens:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Keep outdoor activities short.
  • Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.

For everyone, officials recommend the following precautions:

  • Choose less strenuous activities to avoid heavy breathing.
  • Limit the duration of outdoor activities.
  • Engage in outdoor activities when air quality improves.

Mayor Brandon Johnson has addressed the air quality issue and issued a statement, stating, The City of Chicago is closely monitoring and taking precautions as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified our Air Quality Index as ‘unhealthy’ due to the presence of Canadian wildfire smoke in the Chicago region. We advise children, teens, seniors, individuals with heart or lung disease, and pregnant individuals to refrain from strenuous activities and minimize their time outdoors.

As we continue to face these hazardous conditions, the City will provide updates and take swift action to ensure that vulnerable individuals have the necessary resources to safeguard themselves and their families. If immediate medical attention is required, please dial 911.

This alarming situation underscores the detrimental impact of the climate crisis on our residents and people worldwide. Please visit airnow.gov for the latest air quality information in Chicago.

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