Due to heavy smoke from wildfires in Canada an air quality alert has been issued for the northern New Jersey, including Newark. The Newark Public Library has received face masks from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Faces masks and water will be available for free today and tomorrow while supplies last at all branches of the Newark Public Library.
All Newark Public Library Branch locations:
Main Branch– 5 Washington St. 07102
Branch Brook Branch– 235 Clifton Ave. 07104
North End Branch– 722 Summer Ave. 07104
Springfield Branch– 50 Hayes St. 07103
Vailsburg Branch– 75 Alexander St. 07106
Van Buren Branch– 140 Van Buren St. 07105
Weequahic Branch– 355 Osborne Ter. 07112
For more details on Newark Public Library Branch locations including public transit directions click here.
The pollutants in wildfire smoke can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. They can increase a person’s risk of developing lung and heart conditions, as well as exacerbate pre-existing lung and heart conditions and can trigger asthma and heart attacks. Prolonged exposure to this harmful air will cause negative health impacts. N95 masks help protect against smoke by filtering tiny particles.
As climate change intensifies, be SMOKE READY. Visit AirNow.Gov for helpful tips on how to be prepared.