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Weather Alert Updates
Friday, July 30, 2021 - 3:30 p.m.
High Fire Risk Conditions:
Hot, dry weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires. You can take steps to stay safe and protect life and property from outdoor fires:
- Pay attention to burn ban restrictions and fire conditions
- Sign up for the free Alert King County system to stay informed of potentially hazardous conditions in your specific area.
- Be extra cautious when using charcoal grills, patio torches, firepits, and campfires
- All outdoor flames should be attended to by someone who is ready and equipped to put out fires quickly have water accessible at all time
- If you’re in an area where campfires are permitted, make sure you’ve doused, stirred, and doused your fire again before heading home
- Reduce dry fuels around your home by clearing dead vegetation, grasses, fallen leaves
- Clean roof tops and gutters
- Limb up your trees and remove dead branches
- Make sure your dirt bikes or ATV’s have operating spark arrestors
- Fireworks pose a significant fire risk in dry conditions – any small spark can ignite dry grasses and brush.
Wildfire Smoke & Poor Air Quality:
Wildfire smoke can affect everyone, but holds higher risk for the very young, older persons, those who are pregnant, and individuals with heart or lung disease. Poor air quality increases the risk for:
- Persistent cough, phlegm, wheezing, scratchy throat, or irritated sinuses
- Shortness of breath, asthma attack, or lung irritation
- Irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or fatigue
- Heart attacks
Pay attention to the air quality and check on changing conditions. High risk individuals should contact their doctor to discuss the effects and treatment for poor air quality. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms should seek medical attention.
Protect Against Wildfire Smoke When Inside:
- Keep windows and doors shut as much as possible to prevent smoke from entering the home. Note: Heat can be another serious health hazard, so if your home becomes too hot, it may be better to open a window and cool the home down, even if it lets in some smoke.
- Run air conditioner on recycling air setting
- Don't create additional indoor pollution: refrain from burning candles or running the vacuum
- If you can’t close all the areas of the house, try to make one or two rooms “clean” areas by keeping windows and doors closed.
Red Flag Warning:
A Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when critical fire weather conditions are present. Local fire jurisdictions will display a red flag to communicate to the community that extreme caution is necessary to protect against the spread of wildfires. Check local burn risk conditions and current warnings.
Always Wear a Life Jacket
Idylwood beach is open but without lifeguards this summer. We encourage visitors to play safe in and around the water by knowing the conditions, wearing a lifejacket, staying close to shore, and never swimming alone. Visit the National Drowning Prevention Alliance for more safety tips: https://ndpa.org/10-open-water-safety-tips/
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