Even beyond the danger zone, smoke impacts can be severe.
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Wildfires are getting bigger, lasting longer, and happening more often in Oregon and across the western U.S. In addition to the immediate harm from the fire itself, hazardous smoke travels well beyond the fire lines, putting people and businesses at risk.
Prepare for Oregon wildfire season Here are five ways to be better prepared:
  • Include wildfire smoke events in your emergency response plans
  • Monitor fire and smoke risk in your area. One resource is DEQ’s Air Quality Index
  • Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Check filters on HVAC units and change when needed. 
  • Consider supplying filtering facepiece respirators, such as N-95 or N-100, for voluntary short-term use. (Provide Appendix D to 1910.134 before use.) 
  • Plan how to get employees to safer locations, or when to release them before situations worsen. 
Remember, people who work outdoors, have respiratory conditions or cardiovascular disease, smoke, or are pregnant have a higher risk of health impacts.  

Find more tips for preparing your business—before, during, and after wildfire season.
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