Air Quality Recommendations: Fire in Hunting Park

Alicia Colombo

In response to a large fire on the 500 block of West Annsbury Street in Hunting Park, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is warning residents to avoid the area and stay inside when possible. At this time, no hazardous substances have been identified, and the Department is issuing this action out of an abundance of caution.

Residents in the area should take precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to smoke. The PDPH recommends doing the following to protect yourself and others from poor air quality:

  • Avoid going outdoors as much as possible.
  • If you must go outside, avoid excessive activity, such as jogging or running, and wear a mask, if available.
  • Close all windows and doors to minimize air pollution in your home.
  • Recirculate air with fans to avoid bringing more air pollution into your home.

The air may be potentially hazardous for sensitive groups, including children, elderly people, people who are pregnant, and those with respiratory diseases or heart conditions.

  • Avoid areas of high congestion and where air pollution may be high, including main streets or highways.
  • People with underlying illnesses should monitor for symptoms, including trouble breathing, nausea, and dizziness. If these symptoms occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

The PHPH and the Office of Emergency Management have collected air samples to assess air quality and will continue to monitor conditions and provide updates as they become available.

This notice was sent by 
Community Response Partner Network, a network of community- and faith-based organizations and leaders who receive critical information about public health emergencies to share with their networks, communities and residents.

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