Air Quality Alert
Issued: 5:46 PM PDT Sep. 3, 2017 – National Weather Service
The Southwest Clean Air Agency has issued an air quality alert, which remains in effect until 12 PM PDT Friday, Sept. 8.
Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecasted conditions will cause air quality to reach unhealthy levels at times through Friday morning. More information about air quality can be found at: swcleanair.org
WSU Vancouver classes will proceed as normal, but individuals are encouraged to stay indoors when not traveling to or from classes or work.
WSU community members should take precautions to reduce exposure to unhealthy, smoky air. Breathing in smoke can have immediate health effects. Pollutants in smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, aggravate heart and lung diseases, and aggravate other serious health problems.
Older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with preexisting respiratory and heart conditions may be more likely to get sick if they breathe in wildfire smoke. If you experience any signs of respiratory distress or other health concerns, contact your health care provider.
There are many steps you can take for limiting exposure to unhealthy, smoky air.
Avoid being outdoors.
Stay inside as much as possible. Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and using an air filter and air conditioning. Make sure your air conditioner’s fresh-air intake is closed and the filter is clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.
Do not add to indoor pollution. Avoid using candles, fireplaces or gas stoves. Do not vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Do not smoke, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.
Follow your health care provider’s guidance. If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and your respiratory management plan.