Preparing for wildfire smoke

Evacuations Lifted For Thousands In Tahoe As Wildfire Stalls
Noah Berger

Smoke season is a regular part of summers in the Inland Northwest and it’s critical to know how to keep yourself safe.

Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Who is at the greatest risk from wildfire smoke? 

  • People who have lunch diseases or heart disease
  • Older adults
  • Children
  • Expectant mothers

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Preparing to reduce risk from wildfire smoke

  • Be prepared for wildfires
  • Check local air quality reports
  • Consult local visibility guides
  • Keep indoor air clean
    • Run an air conditioner and make sure your filter is clean
    • Avoid opening windows and doors
  • Avoid activities that increase air pollution, such as
    • Burning candles
    • Using fireplaces
    • Using gas stoves
    • Vacuuming
    • Smoking
  • Evacuate from the paths of wildfires
  • Use a respirator (look for masks labeled “NIOSH” and either “N95” or “P100”)

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