The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an air quality advisory for the Pullman area indicating that smoke from wildfires in the region has made the air unhealthy for sensitive groups, including people with heart and lung disease, asthma, diabetes, infants, children, adults older than 65, pregnant women, or who have had a stroke.

The department advises that those in sensitive groups should limit their time outdoors.  For more information go to Environmental Health & Safety’s Wildfire Smoke page at http://ehs.wsu.edu/ph/wildfiresmoke.html .  The page includes links to the Washington Department of Ecology website with current air quality statewide, and precautions to take if the air quality deteriorates.  If you have further questions please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 509-335-3041.

Contact:

Gene Patterson, WSU Environmental Health and Safety, 509-335-5510, gpatters@wsu.edu