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Wildfire Smoke Resources:

 

Guidance for schools, coaches, outdoor events

WA Wildfire Smoke Info Blog

Spokane Regional Health District Wildfire FAQs

WA DOH wildfire smoke resources

WA Labor & Industries Wildfire Smoke and WA Workers webpage and fact sheet

Protect Your Pets

Create a "cleaner air room" in your home

Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

Do-it-yourself Home Box Fan Filter

EPA Guide to Air Cleaners in the home

List of California certified indoor air cleaning devices

#Days (1999-current) smoke caused unhealthy air quality 

 

Wildfire Smoke

Like much of the western U.S., the Spokane area has experienced more frequent unhealthy air quality days caused by wildfire smoke.

Wildfire  Season  

# of days the Spokane-area failed to meet health-based air quality standards due to wildfire smoke

2020 7
2019 2
2018  13
2017  16
2016 0
2015 13
2014 1
2013 0
2012 2
2011 0
2010 1

Often the wildfire smoke that affects our local air quality is from fires burning hundreds or thousands of miles away.

While we can't predict what the smoke impacts will be each summer, we can be prepared. It starts with understanding who is at greatest risk and what can be done to reduce exposure no matter your risk level. This is as important as ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about preparing for wildfire smoke during COVID-19 in this video, featuring Spokane Clean Air, Spokane Regional Health District and Washington Department of Health.

Who is most at risk from breathing wildfire smoke?

Inhaling smoke is not good for anyone, even healthy people. According to health experts from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) people most likely to have health problems from breathing smoke are listed below. These vulnerable individuals need to follow their breathing management plans, keep medications on hand and contact their health provider if necessary.


What symptoms should I be concerned about?


According to DOH, some respiratory symptoms including cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing, are common to both wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19. Other smoke-related health effects include:

    
How can I reduce my exposure to smoke?

More information/Resources:

Check out all the resources and links provided in the lower portion of the green-shaded column on the left. As new and relevent materials become available, we will update the list. (This column is visible on a computer vs phone or tablet.)

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