Tuesday, September 5, 2017

School has started in some areas, the wildfire smoke information below can help you make decisions to keep everyone at school safe.    
  • Check news, social media and local reports for the latest air quality status.
  • It is up to the school district or school to cancel or move outdoor activities when the air quality is poor.  Use the Air Pollution and School Activities Guide (PDF) to help make those determinations.  
Inhaling smoke is not good for anyone, even healthy people. Everyone should follow these recommendations:
  • Avoid physical activity outdoors when conditions are "unhealthy", "very unhealthy" or “hazardous.”
  • Keep doors and windows closed but be mindful of hot weather. Run air systems/AC on recirculate and the close fresh-air intake. See the Improving Ventilation during Wildfire Smoke Events (PDF) guide.
  • Take extra care if you have a heart or lung condition, diabetes, are pregnant or over 65, as well as infants and children. Seek medical attention if the smoke is effecting your health.
  • For more information:  www.doh.wa.gov/smokefromfires  
    • Guidance for keeping indoor air cleaner. Be aware that having people close windows who do not have air conditioning may pose health risks for overheating.
    • “Wildfire Smoke and Face Mask Fact Sheet”. It’s important to wear the right kind of mask. Face masks do not work well on small children or people with beards. We recommend that people with pre-existing heart and lung conditions consult a health care provider about using a mask because wearing a mask can make it more difficult to breathe.

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