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Posted on: September 20, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Safety Tips: Wildfire Smoke


Wildfire smoke is blowing into our region.

Protect Your Health When Air is Smoky

Smoke from wildfires are blowing into our area and will impact the air quality. Residents are encouraged to take precautions as air quality may reach unhealthy levels.

Check the air quality forecast. Air quality conditions may change quickly. Go to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s map or follow them on Twitter for the current smoke level report for your area. Stay indoors when possible. Limit your physical activity outdoors (including running, biking, physical labor and sports.) 

  • When the air looks and smells smoky, it is not the best time for outdoor activities. Use your best judgement.
  • To limit your time outdoors, stock up on necessities like food, medications, and other items you may need for your family.
  • A high-efficiency HEPA filter used in your air cleaner or HVAC system can help keep your indoor air clean.
  • You can also make a filter fan to help clean your indoor air. All you need is a box fan, furnace filter (MERV-13 or better), and a bungee cord or tape. Step-by-step instructions can be found here. 
  • Designate a room in your home to be a “clean room.” This room should have as few windows or doors as possible, or they should be closed, to keep smoke out. Use an indoor air cleaner or filter fan to make the room even cleaner. Find out more here
  • If you have an air conditioner, close the fresh air intake if available so you can keep smoky air out of your home.

If your health conditions get worse around smoke, contact your health care provider. Check on elderly or at-risk neighbors. Call 9-1-1 if you or someone else has serious symptoms, like trouble breathing.

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