The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the Snohomish Health District are recommending that everyone stay indoors when possible until better air quality resumes. Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke from the north and east pushing air quality levels to UNHEALTHY levels. Some parts of the County are experiencing UNHEALTHY levels for everyone, and we could see these pollution levels rise in our region over the next few days.
Everyone should take precautions, especially children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (asthma, COPD, etc.) or have had a stroke. Stay indoors when possible, and limit your physical activity outdoors. If you have an air conditioner, use the recirculation switch; use an indoor air filter if available. If you do NOT have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like the Mukilteo Library, City Hall or Rosehill Community Center. If you must drive, keep the windows closed and use the vehicle’s air conditioning; don’t pull air from the outside. You might consider purchasing an N95 or N100-rated mask from your local hardware store.
Learn more about the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
Health Issues from Wildfire Smoke
Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:
- Trouble breathing
- Stinging eyes
- Irritated sinuses
- Asthma attack
- Chest pain
- Fast heartbeat
See the Joint Press Release for 08-19-2018 Air Quality Alert