Here’s how Canadian wildfires are worsening air quality across the U.S.

Canadian wildfires are causing air quality to plummet across the U.S., affecting states from the Midwest to the East Coast.

The backdrop: Canada is experiencing a brutal wildfire season, with extreme weather partially caused by climate change.
* So far, 2,214 wildfires have burned over 8 million acres across Canada, with 249 categorized as out of control.

Affected areas: Poor air quality alerts are in effect for parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and North Carolina.

Precautions to take: Disaster preparedness expert Jeff Schlegelmilch recommends staying indoors, using air filters, wearing an N95 mask outdoors, and avoiding strenuous activities during poor air quality alerts.
* Schlegelmilch advises treating air quality as an ongoing health concern rather than a one-time event.

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