Seattle DEQ warns kids, elderly adults to take precautions while air quality remains ‘unhealthy’

Seattle DEQ warns kids, elderly adults to take precautions while air quality remains 'unhealthy'

PORTLAND, Ore. – People in the greater Portland metro area are once again waking up socked in Wednesday morning. Wildfire smoke is still lingering over the city, keeping air quality at “unhealthy” levels.

For those awake before the sun rose Wednesday, the smoke was apparent in street and traffic lights. The haze created an unusual glow.

The tiny ash particles in the air can be dangerous for some people to breathe.

According to the Department of Environmental Quality, the particles can travel deep into people’s lungs, organs and blood stream. The haze will affect people in different ways; the elderly and children are the most vulnerable.

“Healthy adults can tolerate a fair amount of it. Sure, it might not be good for you, but you might not experience respiratory distress or some other things that are associated with people that might be especially sensitive to smoke,” said Matt Hoffman, northwest region air quality manager for the DEQ.

Kids or elderly adults should wear masks since their bodies can’t handle the smoke as well. Anyone with respiratory issues should consider using an N-100 rating mask over an N-95.

Beaverton School District cancelled outdoor athletic activities again Wednesday due to the poor air quality.


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