Code Red Air Quality Alert in Maryland

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Code Red Air Quality Alert in Maryland

Nearly all of Maryland is under a Code Red alert for unhealthy air quality Wednesday as smoke from wildfires in Canada has blanketed the air. Conditions are expected to remain hazardous on Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Poor air quality will continue through Friday, along with reduced visibility due to the wildfire smoke, the agency said.

The amount of smoke in the air makes it dangerous for people with respiratory diseases to be outdoors.

People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens should take these precautions:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Keep outdoor activities short.
  • Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.
  • Staying indoors as much as possible
  • Keep your windows closed
  • Use an air purifier if possible

The director of the asthma center at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., said air conditions could be particularly dangerous for children with asthma. Shilpa J. Patel told The Washington Post parents should keep all children indoors, especially those with asthma, and to have them wear N95 face masks if they go outside.

If children start coughing or have trouble breathing, they should start use their rescue inhalers every four hours, Patel said. Parents should call their child's primary care provider, too.

Gaithersburg Patch provided this information. Read more here.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (17)

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

People with allergies and breathing issues should be careful as the air is really foul.

Jun 07, 2023 02:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Air quality on the East Coast is making national news.  Stay safe, Roy.

Jun 07, 2023 05:41 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- we've all heard about the Air Quality alerts along the east coast. And...I saw photos of the orange skies!  Stay in if you have respiratory issues. 

Jun 07, 2023 07:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... great PSA... what's going on right now is very serious, especially for people with any kind of breathing issue.

Jun 08, 2023 07:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, hopefully you and Dolores can stay indoors and not be affected by the bad air quality.

Jun 08, 2023 07:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Joan Cox 

Dolores and I are limiting our outdoor activities. Residents are advised to wear masks when outdoors today and Friday.

Jun 08, 2023 07:37 AM
Joan Cox

Good idea!

Jun 08, 2023 08:21 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Roy, It is advisable to stay indoors if you have respiratory issues during Air Quality alerts, especially considering the orange skies seen along the east coast. We are not over this yet here!

Jun 08, 2023 07:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The National Zoo in Washington, DC is closed today.

In our home community, the pool, tennis, pickleball and basketball courts are closed  today.

Jun 08, 2023 08:07 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The Montgomery County public schools have cancelled all outdoor activities today.

Jun 08, 2023 08:16 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - I have been staying abreast of the air quality news reports and it is devastating and dangerous. I read what Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 reported, and have family and friends impacted by this terrible situation. 

Thanks for continuing to raise awareness. 

Jun 09, 2023 05:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. Your feedback is always welcome.

Jun 12, 2023 06:06 AM