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Smoke on the Water

And ashes from the sky.

Some of you may have noticed a lovely layer of ash on your cars this morning or the not-actually-snowflakes tickling your nose. On the plus side, Mt. Rainier didn’t blow. On the downside, we have a lovely layer of smoke covering most of Washington state right now due to wildfires in Central Washington.

In addition to it looking like we’re in the middle of a Mad Max movie, there are some health concerns that go along with the smoky weather. Combined with the heat today, keep a watch out for your employees and coworkers. If you are working outside and are sensitive to smoke, grab an N95 or N100 mask with two straps.

The view on I405 this morning.

Symptoms of wildfire smoke-related health problems are:

  • burning eyes
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • worsening of heart and lung conditions

Those who are particularly at risk?

  • people with heart and lung disease
  • people with respiratory infections
  • people with diabetes
  • infants and children
  • pregnant women
  • people over 65

If you do notice anyone having issues, please keep them indoors and keep their activity levels light.

Also, if you need a reminder about heat-related illness, check out our previous posts here and here.

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