|NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene |
Office of Public Affairs
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin
Sunday, July 7, 2002
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE STATEMENT
ON IMPACT OF QUEBEC FOREST FIRES ON NEW YORK CITY
With smoke emanating from forest fires in Quebec hovering over the New York area, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene suggests that people with respiratory ailments and cardiovascular disease stay inside with the windows closed until the smoke clears, and that all persons curtail strenuous outdoor activities.
According to the National Weather Service, a northerly flow of air from Canada has brought smoke into our region from forest fires which began July 2 in Northern Quebec. The NWS reports that conditions are expected to improve as winds shift to the west later tonight and Monday. The National Weather Service is issuing periodic updates on its website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/.