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Air quality health advisory information

Air quality index for Menomonie

With the numerous air quality advisories happening due smoke from Canadian wildfires, it is important to pay close attention to the air quality in your area and take action, especially if you don’t feel well.

During an air quality advisory, the DNR and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommend that everyone should keep outdoor activities light and short. Watch for symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath as a sign to take a break or move indoors. Sensitive groups, which include people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, those who are pregnant, and those who work outdoors should consider moving all events inside.

Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

The best way to avoid wildfire smoke is to stay indoors. Be sure to:

• Close windows and doors.

• Run A/C on recirculate.

• Use an indoor air purifier.

If you must spend time outside during wildfire smoke events:

• Check air quality conditions before leaving the house and throughout the day.

• Avoid or limit exercising outdoors.

• Consider wearing an N-95 mask, especially if outdoors for an extended period.

Stay Informed

The DNR offers a variety of ways to stay up-to-date on the current air quality.

• Check current air quality conditions from the statewide air monitoring network.

• Download the free WisconsinAQM mobile app to receive air quality updates anywhere on a mobile device. Download in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

• Sign up to receive air quality advisory notices by email or text here.

Air quality index for Menomonie

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