Weekend Air Quality Advisory
Well, Oregon… it’s that unfortunate time of year! Wildfire smoke has fallen over the Willamette Valley, creating unhealthy air conditions for everyone. The DEQ has issued an air quality advisory for most of Oregon through noon on Monday, for now. If the smoke hangs on, the advisory will get extended.
How bad is it out there?
Check air quality in your area via the DEQ’s Air Quality Index or get the OregonAir app:
For condition updates and tips for staying safe, follow the Oregon Smoke Information Blog or @ORSmokeInfo on Twitter.
Stay Inside, Stay Safe
What a weekend! We’re facing extreme heat and now we have to stay inside, with our windows and doors closed, to avoid smoke exposure. Hang in there! Run A/C if you have it, get some fans going, take cool showers or baths, and visit a community cooling center if you need some relief. Remember to stay hydrated!
To help improve indoor air quality, you can use a portable air purifier with HEPA filter or try making this DIY air filter with a box fan. Additionally, avoid smoking tobacco, burning candles, and vacuuming to minimize indoor air pollution. Yes, you get a vacuuming hall pass this weekend!
Small children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with heart or lung conditions should take extra care to avoid time outdoors until air quality improves.
Children with asthma should have a current and filled prescription for a rescue inhaler (ideally in advance of wildfire season).
Outdoor exercise is especially risky right now, so please move workouts indoors while the advisory is in effect.
If you must venture out, run your car’s air conditioning on recirculate mode to reduce exposure to harmful particles.
Contact your primary care provider if you are experiencing any airway concerns or distress. Our advice team is also available for any questions and to help determine whether a virtual or in-office visit is needed.
Learn more about the dangers of wildfire smoke and how you can protect your family at www.healthoregon.org/wildfires.