The standard advice is to stay inside when heavy smoke is in the air. But the smoke can get into your house or apartment. So you might want to consider investing in equipment to clean the air inside your home, especially with climate change likely to continue escalating the scope and intensity of the fires.
When American farmworkers, construction laborers and trash collectors die in extreme heat, it’s rarely because their employers have broken any rules. It’s because there are none.
This simple D.I.Y. project can make the smoky days a little more bearable and safe.
Cooling centers will be available across the city,
Smoke from wildfires contains thousands of compounds, including carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.
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.