Wildfire smoke is an increasing public health threat in Spokane County and across Washington state. As poor air quality caused by wildfires continues to affect the public during wildfire season, the need for increased preparedness becomes even more important. Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) coordinates with other local health jurisdictions, tribal governments, and Washington State Department of Health to provide health-related information and guidance to the community before and during wildfire incidents.
Smoke from wildfires impacts local air quality and can cause immediate health effects including coughing, trouble breathing and shortness of breath, especially in individuals with pre-existing health conditions and others who are sensitive to smoke pollution. Read more about the other symptoms of prolonged exposure to wildfire smoke here. For concerns about wildfire smoke exposure in the workplace, see the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries page on wildfire smoke.
SRHD encourages Spokane County residents to understand health risks associated with wildfire smoke and take precautions to protect their health. By understanding the risks and preparing ahead of time, individuals can minimize their exposure to smoke.
The topics listed below provide more information about health risks associated with poor air quality and how individuals can limit their exposure, as well as information about active wildfire reporting and air quality monitoring.
During times of poor air quality, take precautions to protect health.
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