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Posted on: October 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Safety Tips: Wildfire Smoke


Wildfire smoke is intermittently blowing into our region.

Protect Your Health When Air is Smoky

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

Check the air quality forecast. Air quality conditions may change quickly. Go to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s map or Air Now 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.
  • Make an air filter fan. Learn how on Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's DIY Air Filter website or this quick version with a box fan, a MERV-13 filter, and duct tape: Public Health Crafter's Corner: 1-minute DIY Filter Fan, Public Health Insider 
  • Consider getting an air purifier. Air purifiers with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will reduce the number of irritating fine particles in indoor air. A HEPA filter with charcoal will help remove some of the gases from the smoke. Do not use an air purifier that produces ozone. More information: EPA's Indoor Air Filtration Factsheet (PDF) 
  • Plan how you will keep indoor air clear on smoky days. Learn how to make a “clean air room” in your home so that you have place to get away from the smoke, even if you need to occasionally open your windows: How to keep indoor air clean on smoky days, Public Health Insider
  • If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, make sure you have an inhaler or other medications that you might need. Make an asthma management plan with your healthcare provider.

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.

Find more information at King County.

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