DDA Issues Air Quality, Wildfire Prevention & Heat Wave Advisory

Information on Air Quality, Wildfire Prevention & Heat Wave Advisory

Air Quality

Washington State is experiencing serious air quality issues due to the wildfires that have been occurring around the state. Unhealthy air quality can impact people who have respiratory and immune system issues.

Below are some resources from the Department of Health website for you to review.  If your health situation becomes worse, we encourage you to contact your health care provider.

See the below links for more information on air quality.

Department of Health– this link provides some guidance on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke.

Department of Health -this link includes information about health concerns that may impact people with respiratory and immune systems as a result of the wildfire smoke in your area.

The Department of Ecology has a map to show you air quality situations in different areas of the state that are impacted by the wildfires, or check out airnow.gov.

Wildfire Prevention

Wildfires may cause people to evacuate their homes or be without power for days.

Read our Care Provider Bulletin and put a plan in place to protect people you support and yourself when fire danger exists. Check out this link on Washington Wildfire Resources.

Heat Wave Advisory and Cooling Stations

Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This exertion can lead to death. In fact, extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. For more information go to ready.gov/heat.

Please take a few minutes to learn what you can do to keep the people you support and yourself safe while enjoying the summer.