Is the air quality good in Milwaukee?
Milwaukee’s air quality as of June 23, 2023 is poor and unhealthy for sensitive groups due to Canadian wildfire smoke and ozone levels.
Why is there an air quality alert in Milwaukee?
An air quality alert has been issued for the entire state of Wisconsin. The alert is in place due to favorable meteorological conditions combined with smoke from Canadian wildfires affecting the area. The air quality index is expected to reach the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" level, which means that people with lung diseases, children, older adults, and outdoor workers should reduce or avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion. Others are also advised to consider reducing their outdoor activities.
What is causing poor air quality in Milwaukee?
Wildfire smoke from Canada is causing poor air quality in Milwaukee. Elevated ozone levels from summer heat is also a factor.
Are there any alerts in place?
There is an air quality alert issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
It is important to stay updated with local news and official sources for any potential emergency alerts or evacuation orders in the affected areas.
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How can I protect myself from poor air quality?
- Get a free air quality app for real-time air quality alerts and forecasts.
- Shut doors and windows and set the HVAC to recirculate mode.
- Contribute to your community’s outdoor air quality data.
- Stay indoors when air quality is poor; if you do need to go outdoors, wear a KN95/FFP2 mask.
- Run a high-performance air purifier to filter particles, gases, and other pollutants.