Term Wildfire Related Clean Air Shelters
Code TH-2600.9300
Definition Programs that provide access to facilities where people contending with unhealthy outdoor air during a wildfire or other similar event can spend time in filtered air. Desirable facilities are those with tight sealing windows, doors and public access and a ventilation system that is able to significantly reduce or eliminate intake of outdoor air. Depending on wind patterns, even cities far away from a fire may be affected. Particulate matter exposure is the principal public health threat from short-term exposures to wildfire smoke. The effects of smoke range from eye and respiratory tract irritation to more serious disorders, including reduced lung function, bronchitis, exacerbation of asthma and heart failure, and premature death.
Created 8/30/18
Changed 11/6/18
Use References Smoke Event Related Clean Air Centers
Smoke Event Related Clean Air Shelters
Wildfire Related Cleaner Air Centers
Wildfire Related Cleaner Air Shelters
Wildland Fire Related Clean Air Shelters
Wildland Fire Related Cleaner Air Shelters
See Also References Air Purifiers (LH-5000.7250-050)
Smoke Monitoring Equipment (TH-1700.1600-755)
External Classification Terms Disaster (CAN DI-180)
Disaster Preparedness and Relief (UW
Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services (NTE M20)
Disaster Relief/Recovery (NPC M02.04)
Disaster Services (AIRS DI-180)
Related Concepts Disaster Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Identification of Cleaner Air Shelters/Spaces for Protection from Wildfire Smoke, September 8, 2017", Oregon Health Facility, Public Health Division, Preparedness, Security and Response, Kate Brown, Governor, https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREPAREDNESS/PREPARE/Documents/IdentificationOfCleanAirShelters.pdf

"Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials", Revised May, 2016, https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/wildfire_may2016.pdf

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