WA.) – The
Washington State Department of Health is encouraging
areas affected by wildfire smoke to take necessary steps to protect
themselves from poor air quality.
can take the following steps to protect themselves from smoke due to
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.
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.
smoky air can cause a wide
range of symptoms from
watery eyes and coughing to chest pain and asthma attacks.
with heart or lung diseases such as asthma are more likely to
experience serious and life-threatening symptoms.