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Posted on: August 15, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Air Quality Alert: Wildfire Smoke

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency recently issues an air quality alert for our region. Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke, and may cause health problems.

Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website for the most recent conditions. 

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:
  • Asthma attack
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing
  • Stinging eyes
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Fast heartbeat

Everyone should take precautions, especially children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD), or that have had a stroke. Here are some tips from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency:
  • Stay indoors when possible.
  • Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor and sports.
  • Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the “recirculation” switch. Use an indoor air filter if available.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.
  • Avoid driving when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car’s fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don’t pull air from outside.
As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns. 

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s tips.

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