Tips to Stay Healthy During Air Quality Alerts

Tips to Stay Healthy During Air Quality Alerts
Posted on 07/30/2021

The Twin Cities have recently been under a number of air quality alerts due to Canadian wildfire smoke. The increase of fine particles in the air makes it unhealthy for sensitive groups including those with asthma, heart or lung disease, older adults, children and anyone doing physical activity for an extended amount of time outdoors.

Take precautions when the air quality is unhealthy

  • Take it easy, listen to your body and limit, change or postpone outdoor physical activity.
  • Stay away from sources of air pollution, like busy roads and wood fires, if possible.
  • If you have asthma, follow your asthma action plan and keep quick relief medicine handy.

Take steps to avoid contributing to unhealthy air quality

  • When possible, reduce driving by combining trips, avoiding unnecessary idling, carpooling, walking, biking or taking public transit.
  • Postpone the use of gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment. Instead, use hand-powered or electric.

Learn more about air quality and sign up to receive air quality alerts on the Hennepin County Climate Action website.