Air Quality Alert and Suggested Tips

Lansdowne, PA – June 7, 2023

The PA Department of Environmental Protection declares a Code Orange Air Quality Day in many areas of Pennsylvania for Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Smoke from more Canadian wildfires is impacting air quality in our region and will likely remain through the week due to a persistent wind blowing down from the north.

A Code Orange air alert means that air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. These groups include children, the elderly, and people suffering from asthma, heart disease, or other lung diseases. The effects of poor air quality can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercising outdoors. It is suggested that staff offer masks to students who are going outside for any activities.

Tips for Dealing with Smoke:

Below is a list of ways to take precaution while air quality alerts are in effect:

  • Offer masks to students who are going outside for any activities.
  • Avoid extended time or strenuous activities outdoors as much as possible.
  • If you must go outside, avoid excessive activity, such as jogging or running, and wear a mask, if available.
  • Close all windows and doors to minimize air pollution in your home.
  • Recirculate air with fans to avoid bringing more air pollution into your home.
  • Avoid areas of high congestion and where air pollution may be high (e.g., main streets or highways, areas with low circulation).
  • People with underlying illnesses should monitor for symptoms, including trouble breathing, nausea, and dizziness. If these symptoms occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you have any health-related questions, please consult your physician or school nurse for guidance.