Unhealthy Air Quality Alert Remains in Effect this Week
Updated Monday, September 14, at 10:45 a.m…
The Air Quality Index for our region remains in the Very Unhealthy rating today, unfortunately. Given the current smokey conditions from wildfires, the risk of health effects is increased for everyone.
King County Emergency Management provided this update with a forecast of the week ahead, this morning. This includes several helpful resource links for tracking the status of our air quality.
Today's warning at 3:30 p.m. states: The wildfire smoke is going to continue throughout the week in King County. Air quality is expected to stay unhealthy for all populations. Smoke from fires can be dangerous for everyone.
Take steps to protect your health: • Stay indoors as much as possible. Continue to follow COVID-19 small gathering guidance. • Limit intense outdoor activity. • Close windows and doors as much as possible. • Learn how to keep indoor air clean, by visiting Public Health Insider, https://bit.ly/35p1DR2 • Use the highest rated air filter you can with your HVAC system (MERV 13 is the highest). • Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter if possible. • Air purifiers and filters may be in short supply. Call stores ahead before venturing out in the smoke. • Use fans or an air conditioners (AC) when it's hot, if possible. Set your AC to recirculate. • A DIY air cleaner may be an easy and cost-effective way to clean air inside your home. Information on how to construct a portable air cleaner and important safety tips to follow while using one of these fans can be found at Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's DIY Air Filter website. (https://pscleanair.gov/525/DIY-Air-Filter) • Don't pollute the indoor air. Don't smoke, use candles, or vacuum. Avoid frying and broiling when cooking indoors. • The air quality may change frequently throughout the day, and may be different from location to location. Check https://www.airnow.gov for updates.
Air Quality Alert from King County Emergency Management
King County Emergency Management agency issued the following warning this Friday afternoon:
Wildfire smoke is making air quality “unhealthy” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in the area. This is expected to continue through early next week. Smoke from fires can be dangerous for everyone.
Please take these steps to protect your health:
Stay indoors as much as possible.
Limit intense outdoor activity.
Close windows and doors as much as possible.
Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter if possible.
Use fans or an air conditioner (AC) when it's hot, if possible. Set your AC to recirculate.
A DIY air cleaner may be an easy and cost-effective way to clean air inside your home. Information on how to construct a portable air cleaner and important safety tips to follow while using one of these fans can be found at Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's DIY Air Filter website. (https://pscleanair.gov/525/DIY-Air-Filter)
Don't pollute the indoor air. Do not smoke, use candles, or vacuum. Avoid frying and broiling when cooking indoors.
Additionally, here is helpful information from the City of Snoqualmie...
Do Cloth Masks Protect You from Wildfire Smoke?
Cloth masks that are used to slow the spread of COVID-19 by blocking respiratory droplets offer little protection against wildfire smoke. They do not catch small, harmful particles in smoke that can harm your health. Although N95 respirators provide protection from wildfire smoke, they are in short supply as frontline workers need them while helping COVID-19 patientes. When there is smoke outside, it’s best to stay inside. Learn more.
What Does a Stage 2 Burn Ban Mean?
King County has issued a Stage 2 burn ban prohibiting recreational fires, such as backyard fire pits and campfires using chopped firewood or charcoal. Manufactured portable outdoor devices are allowed, including barbeques and patio warmers used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Approved fuel devices - including charcoal, natural gas or propane gas – are also allowed. Read the news release.
Is Your Home Prepared for Prevent Brush Fires?
There are wildfires across the state and residential evacuations have been necessary as close as Bonney Lake. Given excessive heat, low humidity, and sporadic wind, a small brush fire can turn into a disaster in a few minutes. There are many ways to prepare your home and property against fire threats of all kinds. Learn how.
Wildfire Map of Washington and the U.S.
The Washington Smoke Information blog has interactive wildfire maps, monitoring news, forecasts, air quality indexes, news, and health information. Zoom into Snoqualmie. Zoom out to see the entire country. See current wildfire maps.