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Outdoor events during school day update (6/8/23); Learn more about air quality safety tips

Based on the recommendation from the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the New York State Education Department regarding the air quality health advisory in effect until midnight this evening (Thursday, June 8th) all outdoor activities and events will be relocated inside again today (Thursday, June 8th).

We appreciate your understanding and adherence to this health safety recommendation.

We are hopeful this is our last day of indoor events based on the health advisory alerts. 

The Onondaga County Health Department is urging residents to take precautions in response to air quality alerts caused by Quebec wild friends. Here are some precautionary measures you can take:

  • Limit outdoor and exertional activities. Everyone else should reduce prolonged outdoor activity or heavy exertion. People with heart or lung diseases such as coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at increased risk because the excess small particle pollution currently in the air can aggravate these diseases. People with diabetes also may be at increased risk, possibly because they are more likely to have underlying cardiovascular disease.

  • Create a clean indoor environment: Keep windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering your home. Use air purifiers or air conditioning units with high-efficiency filters to improve indoor air quality if possible. Avoid activities that can contribute to indoor pollution, such as smoking or burning candles.

  • Take care of your health: If you experience symptoms such as persistent coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, or wheezing, seek medical attention promptly. Follow your healthcare provider's advice and continue taking any prescribed medications as directed. 

  • If you are at high risk and must be outdoors, you may consider wearing a respiratory (for example, an N95) while air quality remains poor.

  • Stay informed: Monitor local air quality reports and stay updated on the current situation. Pay attention to announcements or alerts from the Onondaga County Health Department and follow their recommendations.