Air quality degraded by wildfires across the state | Department of Health

Smoke from wildfires especially increases health risks for babies, children, people over 65, pregnant women, and those with health conditions, such as heart and lung diseases or diabetes.

  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018 1:45pm
  • News

The following is a press release from the Washington State Department of Health:

Washington State Department of Health is encouraging people in areas affected by wildfire smoke to take necessary steps to protect themselves from poor air quality.

People can take the following steps to protect themselves from smoke due to wildfires:

  • Visit the Washington Smoke Blog or contact your local regional clean air agency.
  • Stay indoors, avoid strenuous physical activities outside, and keep indoor air clean. Close windows and doors. Use fans or an air conditioner (AC) when it is hot, and set your AC to recirculate. If you do not have AC and it is too hot to stay home, go to a place with AC such as a mall or library. Remember to stay hydrated. Do not smoke, use candles, or vacuum. Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  • Contact your health care provider when you have specific health concerns, and dial 911 for emergency assistance if symptoms are serious.

Smoke from wildfires especially increases health risks for babies, children, people over 65, pregnant women, and those with health conditions, such as heart and lung diseases or diabetes.

Breathing smoky air can cause a wide range of symptoms from watery eyes and coughing to chest pain and asthma attacks. People with heart or lung diseases such as asthma are more likely to experience serious and life-threatening symptoms.

The DOH website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Find us on Facebookand follow us on Twitter. Sign-up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection.

More in News

One dead, two injured in Bonney Lake Fire

Crews arrived early this morning to find a fully-engulfed double-wide mobile home.

Pierce library system seeking levy lift to keep facilities, programs operating

If approved, the levy will increase the annual tax bill by around $32 a year, bringing the average total up to $160 annually.

General election ballots mailed | Secretary of State

Don’t put off sending in your ballot this year, even though it’s easier than ever to mail it in.

Recovering the mantle of ‘senior’

The Enumclaw Senior Center, with the help of a potential five-year grant from the county, hopes to change how people think about getting older.

Students, staff move into new Enumclaw High classrooms

Construction isn’t over, but students can now enjoy new health, social sciences classrooms and science labs, as well as new school library.

Halloween pet photo event | Tractor Supply Company

Get a photo dressed up with your furry friend this Halloween.

New apartments coming to Bonney Lake

They’ll be lining SR 410 by around 2020, a representative said.

Enumclaw mayor’s proposed budget reflects recent growth, stashes money in reserves

One suggestion was to delete funding for the city’s Art Department. While other council members are suggesting a compromise, citizens can make their input official during the first public hearing on Nov. 13.

Most Read