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Take air quality precautions; masks available locally

In light of continued poor air quality related to wildfires, North Central Public Health officials are urging the public to take health precautions and check current air quality before planning outdoor activities.

Older adults, young children and people with asthma, respiratory or heart conditions are at particular risk.

A good source to check air quality online is http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx.

Schools are of particular concern with athletic practice getting underwayVisit the health department website at www.wshd.org for guidance on this topic, as well as many additional resources and links about air-quality. On the Home tab, click “FAQ and Resource Links for Air Quality & Wildfires” located under Current Topics, and scroll down for school guidance.

N95 Particulate Masks, donated by The American Red Cross, will be distributed at the following locations:

• Kramer’s Market in Dufur (during their regular business hours).

• North Central Public Health Dist. (from 8:30 to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

• Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 only). You can also get help at this location (same date & time) with signing up for the County’s Citizen Alert Emergency Notification System. This notification system enables Emergency Response Agencies to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations

 N95 masks can also be purchased at your local hardware stores. Sawyer’s True Value and Home Depot both confirmed that they have a supply available at the time of this PSA.

Please read the instructions provided with your mask for proper use. If the mask is not used correctly it will not provide protection. Some medical conditions also warrant use only as directed by your physician.

Please note that Incident Command, the Firefighters Camp and Evacuation Shelters are not able to accept donations of food or other items. If you would like to make a donation, please mail your check to the American Red Cross at PO Box 4125, Portland, OR 97201, or visit www.redcross.org.

Contact North Central Public Health at 541-506-2600 if you need additional information.

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