City of Edmonds moves summer camps indoors as air quality worsens

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    From photographer Bill Anderson, smoke over Edmonds Sunday night.

    In response to air pollution caused by wildfire smoke, the City of Edmonds said it has postponed its staff softball game and moved most of its summer camps indoors.

    The city said it is also warning community members to take precautions, such as avoiding outdoor activities if possible.

    As a result of the unhealthy air, the city says that Dale Turner YMCA, which operates Yost Pool under a city contract, warned of possible pool closures late Monday and during the day Tuesday.

    “All City of Edmonds summer camps have been moved indoors except Skyhawks Football Camp, which continues outdoors on a reduced level of exertion,” a city announcement said. The Skyhawks camp will re-evaluate conditions on Tuesday and if necessary move into the gym at the Frances Anderson Center, the announcement said.

    Edmonds School District spokeswoman Tina Marohn said that so far, no fall high school sports practices have been cancelled as a result of the smoke, but coaches have the discretion to move them indoors if necessary.

    The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties on Monday issued a new air quality alert, noting that air pollution levels are expected to be unhealthy for everyone Monday.

    “Air pollution levels will rise and fall, so we encourage you check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency air quality map to see the latest air quality nearest you, the agency said.

    Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems, including:

    • Trouble breathing
    • Coughing
    • Stinging eyes
    • Irritated sinuses
    • Headaches
    • Asthma attack
    • Chest pain
    • Fast heartbeat

    Everyone should take precautions, especially children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD), or that have had a stroke:

    • Stay indoors when possible.
    • Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports.
    • Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the “recirculation” switch. Use an indoor air filter if available.
    • If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.
    • Avoid driving when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car’s fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don’t pull air from outside.
    • Schools, camps, sports teams, and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.
    • N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you. More information here.
    • For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Fire tips.

     

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