June of 2023 has brought a disastrous wildfire season to much of Canada, with unbearably hot and dry conditions creating an ideal environment for fast-spreading fires. Unfortunately, the smoke from these blazes is traveling southward, afflicting cities in the northeastern United States. Buffalo, NY has been particularly affected by this phenomenon due to its proximity to Canadian border, with hazy skies and a visible orange tinge covering the sun and moon.
Wildfire smoke is made up of both particulate matter (tiny particles suspended in air) and gases like carbon monoxide. It can contain hazardous pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When breathed in, these pollutants can cause a variety of health problems, particularly in vulnerable populations such as the elderly and young children. In light of this, Buffalo schools have been cancelling outdoor activities to minimize exposure to the smoke.
It’s important for all residents to take precautions against wildfire smoke. This includes limiting time spent outdoors, avoiding physical activity when possible, and wearing a mask if exposure is unavoidable. We at New York Marketing and Born Buffalo urge everyone to remain informed of changing air quality conditions in order to protect their own health as well as that of their loved ones. Stay safe!