Wildfire season is fast approaching. Smoke from wildfires impacts local air quality and can cause health effects, especially for individuals with pre-existing health conditions and others who are especially sensitive to smoke pollution. Every year there are preventable hospitalizations and unanticipated deaths attributed to wildfire smoke exposure. By preparing ahead of time, we can minimize exposure to smoke.
What is in wildfire smoke?
What are some of the health effects of wildfire smoke?
The following resources are provided to assist in preparing your patients ahead of time to minimize their exposure to wildfire smoke, minimize symptoms in the event of exposure, and ensure patients have a plan if severe symptoms develop:
Educate patients about limiting outdoor activities when air quality is poor, providing alternatives that are in a safe and healthy environment.
Educate patients about managing physical and psychological symptoms from smoke impact.
Identify patients with pre-existing conditions and ensure a medical response plan is in place.
Educate patients to take steps to improve indoor air quality.
Educate patients to use their best judgement on respiratory protection.
Know your local outdoor clean air authority and public health contacts before wildfire season.
|Spokane Regional Health District|
|Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency|
These recommendations and resources were compiled by the Wildfire Smoke Impacts Advisory Group. This is a work group consisting of local and state agencies with the intent of distributing consistent health messaging throughout Washington.