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Public Health

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Temporary Shelter Continues to Receive Air Monitoring

Kittitas County, WA - 09/08/2017 - The Red Cross shelter located at the Putnam Centennial Center in Cle Elum at 719 E 3rd Street is continuing to receive indoor air monitoring. Indoor air monitoring from September 7, shows an “unhealthy for sensitive groups” level, which is healthier than the external air quality.


Initial monitoring conducted in Putnum Centennial Center on Monday, September 4 showed readings of moderate indoor air quality.  However, additional monitoring after the 4th, showed unhealthy air levels.  In response Red Cross has utilized access to two indoor air scrubbers and the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) made recommendations about keeping exterior air out of the building. 
 
Residents can take steps to protect themselves from the health effects of wildfire smoke by following the Washington State Department of Health’s recommendations below:

  • Stay indoors and keep indoor air as clean as possible. Take the following steps when indoors:   
    • Keep windows and doors closed. If there is no air conditioning and it is too hot to keep windows and doors closed, consider leaving the area or spending time in an air conditioned location.
    • Run an air conditioner (if you have one), set it to re-circulate and close the fresh-air intake. Make sure to change the filter regularly.
    • Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce indoor air pollution. A HEPA filter may reduce the number of irritating fine particles in indoor air. A HEPA filter with charcoal will help remove some of the gases from the smoke.
    • Don’t add to indoor pollution. Don’t use candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves. Don’t vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Don’t smoke, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.
    • Some room air cleaners can help remove smoke particles indoors. California’s air cleaning devices for the home fact sheet (PDF).
    • Information about keeping indoor air free of smoke: Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality during Wildfire Smoke Events (PDF).
KCPHD will continue to work with the Red Cross and emergency response to monitor air quality at the Putnam Centennial Center in order for people to access temporary shelter with monitored indoor air quality, please contact KCPHD at (509)-962-7515.
Initial monitoring conducted in Putnum Centennial Center on Monday, September 4 showed readings of moderate indoor air quality.  However, additional monitoring after the 4th, showed unhealthy air levels.  In response Red Cross has utilized access to two indoor air scrubbers and the Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) made recommendations about keeping exterior air out of the building. 
 
Residents can take steps to protect themselves from the health effects of wildfire smoke by following the Washington State Department of Health’s recommendations below:
  • Stay indoors and keep indoor air as clean as possible. Take the following steps when indoors:   
    • Keep windows and doors closed. If there is no air conditioning and it is too hot to keep windows and doors closed, consider leaving the area or spending time in an air conditioned location.
    • Run an air conditioner (if you have one), set it to re-circulate and close the fresh-air intake. Make sure to change the filter regularly.
    • Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce indoor air pollution. A HEPA filter may reduce the number of irritating fine particles in indoor air. A HEPA filter with charcoal will help remove some of the gases from the smoke.
    • Don’t add to indoor pollution. Don’t use candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves. Don’t vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Don’t smoke, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.
    • Some room air cleaners can help remove smoke particles indoors. California’s air cleaning devices for the home fact sheet (PDF).
    • Information about keeping indoor air free of smoke: Improving Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality during Wildfire Smoke Events (PDF).
KCPHD will continue to work with the Red Cross and emergency response to monitor air quality at the Putnam Centennial Center in order for people to access temporary shelter with monitored indoor air quality, please contact KCPHD at (509)-962-7515.

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at https://www.co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515