Residents Urged to Take Precautions in Smoky Conditions
Posted by KSJB News on 9/13/2017 12:22:00 PM.

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (Melissa Miller) – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across the region.

Wildfires in western Montana are sending smoke across North Dakota and other parts of the United States. Particulate matter climbed overnight to elevated levels across North Dakota, with the highest levels found in the western and central portions of the state. Particulate matter consists of extremely small particles of ashes and soot found in the air.

 
(Bismarck public schools kept students indoors on Wednesday during recess because of the conditions. The National Weather Service out of Bismarck said some relief will come with rain that is predicted for later in the week. - ed.)

Particulate matter can be irritating to the respiratory system, especially for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or conditions such as asthma and allergies. The NDDoH advises people with respiratory conditions, the elderly and young children to limit prolonged outdoor exposure. People reacting to smoke to the extent that it is affecting breathing should seek immediate help from a medical provider.

For up-to-date information on the region’s current air quality and tips on respiratory protection during a smoke event, visit http://www.ndhealth.gov/AQ/Wildfire.aspx.

For more information, contact Chuck Hyatt, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328. 5188.



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