Health District warning people to stay indoors as Spokane’s air quality reaches hazardous levels
SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Regional Health District issued a public safety alert on Saturday as Spokane’s air quality dropped to the hazardous range.
As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the air quality in Spokane sat at 448. It starts to be considered unhealthy when it surpasses the 100 level, and is considered hazardous anywhere after 300.
The Health District is warning people to stay indoors. Health officials say unhealthy, hazardous conditions are expected to last through Monday.
The Air Quality Index works by monitoring how many pollutants are in the air on a scale of 0 to 500. As the AQI value rises, so does the level of health concern for the general population. When air quality reaches the hazardous range, it means the entire population is more likely to be affected.
If the levels reach beyond 500, it is considered beyond index. According to the U.S. Air Quality Index website, when pollutants reach hazardous or above, everyone should take steps to protect themselves. Experts recommend staying indoors and reducing activity levels.
Forecasters warned of smoke settling over the region this weekend as a result of wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon and California. You can track wildfires in Washington and North Idaho as they’re updated here.
While the smoke lasts, experts with the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency suggest staying indoors. If you have an air conditioning unit, make sure to turn it off or put it on an air filter setting.
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