American Medical Response Reminds New Hampshire Residents to Practice Air Quality Safety
Wildfires in Canada are releasing pollution and putting smoke into the air, leading to poor air quality across New Hampshire. When the air is less safe to breathe, taking certain precautions is important in keeping the lungs healthy.
“Poor air quality is dangerous for everyone, but it can be even more harmful for those with weakened lungs,” said Jason Preston, Operations Manager at AMR. “It is especially important for older adults and people with preexisting conditions to limit their exposure to polluted air.”
AMR encourages New Hampshire residents to follow these safety tips to protect themselves from poor-quality air.
Monitor local air quality. Refer to local air quality reports and keep track of when the air outside is unsafe to breathe. AirNow.gov, the EPA’s air quality monitoring website, contains data about air quality across the country.
Stay inside. If possible, stay indoors to limit exposure to smoke and pollutants. Close windows and doors and run air conditioners in recirculation mode to prevent outside air from entering the home.
Wear a mask outside. If going outside is absolutely necessary, wear a well-fitted mask. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are now in abundance, so, if you don’t have one at home, finding one at a local store shouldn’t be too difficult.
Avoid outdoor exercise. When outside, avoid overexertion. Strenuous activities will put stress on the lungs, which are already working hard to filter through the polluted air.
AMR’s top priority is the health and safety of the communities we serve. For more information on poor air quality safety, visit ncoa.org.
About American Medical Response (AMR)
American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of emergency medical services, provides mobile healthcare in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to care for more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.
AMR is part of the Global Medical Response family. With nearly 38,000 team members, Global Medical Response delivers compassionate, quality medical care, primarily in the areas of emergency medical services and patient relocation services in the United States and around the world. GMR was formed by combining the industry leaders in air, ground, mobile healthcare services, and community, industrial/specialty and wildland fire services. For additional information, visit us on LinkedIn or at www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com.