OLYMPIA – As summer approaches, so does the possibility of fires and dangerous smoke. Nationally, more than 80% of wildfires are started by people. Washingtonians all have a part to play to prevent and prepare for, dangerous wildfires.
Wildfire smoke contains small particles and gases, including carbon monoxide. These particles can enter your eyes and lungs and cause health problems. State agencies are hosting ‘Washington Smoke Ready’ week to encourage folks to take steps now to prevent wildfire and protect against wildfire smoke.
Tips to prevent wildfire include:
- Use an ashtray to fully extinguish cigarettes.
- Park hot vehicles on the pavement rather than dry grass.
- Check trailer chains to make sure they don’t drag and cause sparks.
Tips to find relief from wildfire smoke includes:
- Make a low-cost, effective clean air fan.
- Set your home and vehicle air conditioners to recirculate.
- Delay activities that stir up dust or other particles such as vacuuming or mowing the lawn.
More information about wildfire prevention, burn bans, and air quality is available from the Washington Department of Ecology.
Find air monitoring maps and more from the Washington Smoke blog.