his year, wildfire smoke is forecast to start early in King County and last into the fall. Record-setting forest fires have already darkened skies in Canada and the eastern U.S., and our region is set to be next. By preparing now, you can help to protect your and your family’s lungs, heart, and health from smoke.
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.
Simple dust or surgical masks do not offer adequate protection. Health officials recommend “N95” respirators or “P100” masks.
National Weather Service predicts that the Puget Sound region will see some improvement in air quality today, especially along the coast.
Until we get better air quality, stay indoors with windows closed if you can find somewhere cool, health officials say.
Smoke levels are now mostly UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS across the Puget Sound region – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Children, older people and those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD are particularly at risk of smoke-related health problems.
Due to summer wildfires, children living on the West Coast have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record.