Oregon Smoke Information

Map Notes:

The map above is not able to show all state air quality monitors. To see the whole set, go to the Air Quality Now tab below
and click on DEQ's Air Quality Index which will bring up a map with many additional state monitors. Round icons represent permanent state air quality monitors, triangular icons represent temporary smoke monitors (when deployed).

Monday, August 7, 2017

Guidance on Whether to Hold School Outdoor Activities During Wildfire Events

Wondering whether it's safe to hold that practice or take the kids out for a hike? The Oregon Health Authority offers guidance for school activities during wildfires that you might find useful. It provides a primer on the Air Quality Index, the visibility index, what precautions to take if students have asthma or other health conditions and more.

Remember, children are particularly sensitive to smoke because their respiratory systems are still developing, their airways are smaller, and they breathe in more air per pound body weight. Children who may be more sensitive to air pollution include those with:
• Asthma
• Respiratory infection
• Lung or heart disease

These individuals should follow health care providers’ advice about prevention, treatment of symptoms, and monitor breathing and exposure.

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