Smoke from wildfires contains thousands of compounds, including carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.
This simple D.I.Y. project can make the smoky days a little more bearable and safe.
To compare, in 2020, there were seven heat-related deaths in Washington state from mid-June to the end of August. From 2015 to 2020, there were a total of 39 deaths during warmer months
Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible. Stay hydrated. Help those who are vulnerable or at higher risk.
For three of the past four years, wildfire smoke in our region has exposed people to unhealthy levels of particulate air pollution for prolonged periods of time.
Planning, air cleaners, masks and more . . .
As smoke travels through the air, exposure sun and interactions with other chemicals in the atmosphere can make it more toxic.
Wildfire smoke making air quality “unhealthy” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” is expected to remain in the area through the early next week.
Children, adults sixty-five and older, pregnant people and people with lung or heart conditions are particularly vulnerable to smoke from wildfires.
In Washington state, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is pushing for a bill to establish a dedicated account to help prevent and fight wildfires.
California is ending use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children.
The Washington Health Care Climate Alliance says it will bring its health care’s expertise and experience to help the state develop climate-smart policies.
“We were surprised to see how strong air pollution’s impact was on the progression of emphysema on lung scans,” said UW’s Dr. Joel Kaufman.
Alarmed by dense smoke, shoppers were snapping up portable air purifiers and breathing masks in staggering numbers.
Lead exposure can harm brain growth in children, so it’s important for toddlers and preschoolers to be tested for lead if they have any of the risk factors.