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Outdoor activities and smoky air: What you need to know

Posted at 3:51 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 17:51:46-04

BOZEMAN – As the air continues to be filled with smoke and becomes hazy, it’s important to be thinking about the air quality before heading outside.

During fire season, it is easy for the air quality to impact your breathing. Sensitive populations such as those with asthma or COPD are more likely to be directly affected but if you start to experience difficulty breathing there are a few solutions to keep in mind.

“I think the first thing is slow down,” said Board Certified Allergy and Asthma specialist, Michael Zacharisen M.D. “The more you’re exercising, the more you’re breathing the more it’ll affect your lungs. Slowing down, taking a rest, finding some shade and some clean air especially if it’s indoors is probably the best thing to do.”

Dr. Zach says it’s important to be aware of the air quality in your area and you can find that here.

Reporting by Emma Hamilton for MTN News