For Immediate Release
August 21, 2018
Contact: Stuart Whitford
Jefferson County Environmental Health Director
(360) 385-9411 – Desk
(360) 531-3560 - Cell
Wildfires Impact Jefferson County’s Air Quality
According to the AirNow website, the Port Townsend monitoring station indicates that air quality has improved a little and been upgraded to the “Unhealthy for Everyone” range. However, Jefferson County is still advising people to:
- Stay indoors. Do only light indoor activities. Keep windows closed if it is not too hot.
- Run air conditioners on re-circulate. Close the outside air intake.
- Use indoor air cleaners with HEPA filters, if available.
- Wear an N-95 respirator mask, if you must be outdoors. People with chronic diseases should check with their health care provider before wearing a mask.
People with asthma, lung and heart disease, or have had a stroke should check with their health care provider for advice about leaving the area.
Anyone with shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, or difficulty moving or speaking should call their health care provider or call 911.
The National Weather Service forecast indicates that the smoke may not dissipate until Thursday, so Jefferson County residents are advised to take these additional steps until the smoke clears.
Additional resources to protect you and your family include:
For more information about health concerns relating to air quality or informational resources, please contact Jefferson County Public Health by phone, or visit the JCPH Website.
Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Community