How to stay healthy during a wildfire.[UPDATED]

    Seattle and the Eastside are experiencing a lot of smoke and ash due to the wild fire in Norse Peak. Many of us woke up to ash, and heavy smoke all around. Here are a few things that we can do to keep healthy!

    [This is not medical advice. If you are experiencing health issue’s contact your medical professional immediately]
    [Important to note] Although we see smoke and ash there is no local fire in the Greater Seattle area.

    [UPDATE] The environmental protection agency reports that the smoke should be clearing as soon as this Friday with air quality predicted to return to good in the greater Seattle area! This is a sign of relief to many! Let’s not forget to thank all the service folks who are currently working to help control the blaze! Learn more about air quality in the Greater Seattle area here.

     

    [1] Keep indoors as much as possible!

    Make sure you keep your windows and doors closed. In order to reduce indoor air pollution, install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home.

    [2] Reduce the amount of time you spend outdoors and in smoky areas.

    Limit any outdoor activities to a minimum. This is especially important if you have allergies or respiratory issues.

    [3] If you need to spend time in a place that has heavy smoke use a N95 mask.

    Regular dusk masks or wet towels don’t pick up the small ash particles that get into the lungs and cause irritation.

    We found a few masks on Amazon here.

    [4] Drink lots of water.

    Because the fire released a lot of smoke in the atmosphere, temperatures are harder to predict. Last night temperatures did not cool off over night as many people spent the night in 70+ degree temperatures. This hot weather can be dehydrating so make sure to have a healthy intake of water.

    Information on the fire.  A fire raging at Norse Peak and consumed more than 19,000 acres and forced Crystal Moutain resort and the surrounding areas to close down. You can find a map of all the wild fires in our area here.

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