County Health Recommends if You Can’t See 1.5 Miles, Wear the Mask
The Josephine County Health Department has created a smoke indicator chart to help people gauge the air quality in this smoky situation. That chart is available on this station’s website.
For the general populace, if it is difficult to see a mile and a half to 2 miles, wear the mask. The mask should be a particulate respirator with either ‘N95’ or ‘P100’ printed on it and it should have two straps, one to go below the ear and one above it. The mask should go under the chin and over the nose.
Fit is important particularly for children. Facial hair may compromise the mask’s ability to filter particulate. Bandana’s, wet or dry, paper or surgical masks are not adequate in this situation.
If the mask becomes difficult to breathe through or the inside gets dirty discard it and get a new one. Use a new mask each day if possible.
Young children, older adults and sensitive groups are the most susceptible. Everyone should limit their exposure to the smoke, staying indoors when possible, using air conditioners, and keeping windows closed when driving and the a/c on recirculate.
Should you be in a situation with no air conditioning seek shelter in a public building with good circulation.
This station announces the air quality regularly and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality website also posts the air quality index (AQI)