Important Precautions Related to Air Quality

Campus Community Members,

Poor air quality due to area wildfires continues to affect our region. Today’s report by clean air agencies identifies current air conditions as “unhealthy,” especially for people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children. Everyone is advised to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion, especially outdoors. Similar conditions are expected to continue the next few days. 

Students with relevant health issues should consult with residence staff and/or program leaders regarding any precautions they should take based on air conditions and planned activities. Similarly, faculty or staff members with health conditions can consult with their supervisors about any work-related concerns.

Facilities Services is adjusting building air intakes where feasible to reduce the amount of outside air entering buildings. It is recommended that students, faculty, and staff keep windows closed (or mostly closed) to minimize intake of outside air. A limited number of fans are available through Facilities Services to help circulate indoor air in office areas. Please call extension 3713 to request a fan.

Student program leaders and departments that manage student activities are taking reasonable precautions to manage prolonged or heavy exertion appropriate to their particular programs and activities. Departments involved with outdoor work and/or work involving physical exertion should exercise similar precautions. For those who exercise, it is recommended you consider doing so indoors vs. outdoors; e.g., use the fitness center vs. running outdoors.

We encourage everyone to monitor the clean air agencies site (https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&zipcode=98407&submit=Go) during the week to help guide daily plans and activities.

John Hickey

John M. Hickey '83 | Executive Director of Community Engagement and Associate Vice President for Business Services