As smoky conditions continue to plague NYC, it’s important to understand how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
As of today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) declared another Air Quality Health Advisory for Thursday, June 8th, with NYC AQI levels still in the unhealthy category.
Particle matters continue to pollute NYC’s air, making it important to know how to stay safe. We’re answering some of your most common questions belows:
All information comes from the NYSDEC, NWS, Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYC Mayor’s Office
How to reduce your smoke exposure?
- Stay indoors if possible
- Shut all doors and windows
- Stay up to date on current air conditions
- Use an air puffer or a fan to circulate air
- Clean fabric-covered furniture and other porous materials
What about my pets?
- Close all windows and doors
- Limit outdoor walks
- Wipe your pet’s feet, mouth and coat with a damp cloth after coming inside
If I need to go outside what can I do to be safe?
Health professionals suggest you wear an N95, KN95 or surgical mask
What are possible symptoms from smoke exposure?
- Trouble breathing
- Irritated eyes, nose & throat
- Chest pains
- Asthma attacks
How is NYS helping its residents?
- One million N95 masks will be distributed across state facilities, announced Governor Kathy Hochul. They will be available at the locations listed below:
- Grand Central Terminal
- Penn Station
- Fulton Center
- Jamaica Station
- Main Concourse of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, South Wing
- Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, Harlem
- Roberto Clemente State Park, Bronx
- Additionally, the FDNY will distribute more N95 masks at the following locations:
- Division 1 – 100 Duane Street, New York
- Division 3 – 207 W 77th Street, New York
- Division 6 – 720 Melrose Ave., Bronx
- Division 7 – 2417 Webster Ave., Bronx
- Division 11 – 172 Tillary Street, Brooklyn
- Division 15 – 885 Howard Ave., Brooklyn
- Division 13 – 91-45 121st Street, Queens
- Division 14 – 108-01 Horace Harding Exp., Queens
- Division 8 – 1850 Clove Road, Staten Island
How long will the poor air quality last?
The NYSDEC forecasts improved conditions by tomorrow, but still an AQI that’s unhealthy for sensitive groups. It is expected to continue to get better throughout the weekend.