Every summer and fall, Washington is ravaged by wildfires, which inevitably lead to smoke, poor-air quality, property loss and in some cases death. You can help prevent wildfires as well as bark and brush fires from happening in our region by regularly checking your city and your county's burn ban status.
You can also help prevent wildfires by taking these additional steps:
Lawn mowers - sparks from lawnmowers can start fires. Avoid mowing when it's dry or windy and keep your yard green if you can. When it's safe to mow, cut your grass as short as possible.
Home care - remove long grass, weeds or anything that can burn away from structures. Clear your gutters of pine needles, leaves and debris.
Cars - before hitting the road, check your tire pressure, exposed wheel rims can throw sparks. It's also important to make sure metal objects like chains aren't dragging from your vehicle. Avoid driving on dry grass, a hot exhaust pipe can start a fire.
Smoking - throw away smoke materials in proper receptacles. never toss items like cigarettes into planters, bark or outside your car window.
Wildfire smoke is toxic and can be especially harmful to children, babies, women who are pregnant, adults over 65 years of age and people with underlying health conditions like heart disease. When there is wildfire smoke visit psecleanair.org to check the air quality in your area.
Protect yourself from wildfire smoke by taking proper precautions like staying indoors, limiting physical activity and keeping indoor air clean.Learn more today. If your health gets worse, contact your physician.