Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Department of Health and Community Wellness Director Ketlen Baptiste Alsbrook are urging city residents to take precautions during the air quality alert issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), which is expected to remain in effect until further notice.
“Due to heavy smoke from a convergence of wildfires as far away as Canada, the NJDEP has issued an air quality alert for the northern region of the state, including Newark,” said Mayor Baraka. “I ask everyone to protect their health by staying informed and carefully following NJDEP’s guidelines throughout the duration of the alert.”
To protect yourself from the current poor air quality, the NJDEP advises:
- Staying indoors as much as possible.
- Keeping your windows closed.
- Using an air purifier if possible.
- If you must go outside, limit your physical activity and wear a mask for any extended period of exposure.
“These guidelines are for all of us and even our pets, because air pollution concentrations are unhealthy for everyone,” said Director Alsbrook. “But they should be most carefully followed by sensitive groups such as children, older adults and people with heart disease, asthma, or other lung diseases.”
The Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness will continue to monitor the air quality and will issue updates as needed throughout the alert.