Don't wait for the smoke, get ready for it in advance
It's never a question of if, it's always when: when wildfire smoke will push air quality into unhealthy levels. The first part of this summer was relatively smoke-free for much of the region, but not completely so... and the luck seldom lasts through the summer.
Jackson County Health and Human Services is trying to get ahead of the smoke season by reminding people of ways to stay healthy when smoke does roll in. Tanya Phillips is Health Promotion Program Manager for the department, and our guest in a conversation about avoiding smoke outdoors and inside.
Links-these were all mentioned in the interview:
- Smokewise Ashland https://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=17812
- EPA tips on making a clean room and a fan-filter https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/create-clean-room-protect-indoor-air-quality-during-wildfire
- Oregon Smoke Blog (shows both sides of state line) https://www.oregonsmoke.org/
- Oregon Health Authority assistance with air conditioners and filters https://www.oregon.gov/oha/pages/air-conditioner-program.aspx