Wildfire season is coming — get smoke ready!

Wildfire activity and weather patterns vary from year to year, making it a challenge to predict the likelihood of experiencing wildfire smoke events in any given year. However, for three of the past four years, wildfire smoke in our region has exposed people to unhealthy levels of particulate air pollution for prolonged periods of time. That is why Public Health is encouraging all residents to prepare now and be Smoke Ready.

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Community develops multilingual videos to promote salmon fishing on the Duwamish River

It’s salmon season in our Puget Sound area! For the Duwamish River, a Superfund site in south Seattle, salmon are the healthiest options to catch and eat – particularly chum, coho, pink and sockeye! Yum! Not so sure how to catch salmon? Or not clear about the relevant fishing rules? Well, you are in luck! We talked with Emma Maceda-Maria, a lead community health advocate from the Grupo Asesor Latino who has partnered with us on our Duwamish Fun to Catch, Toxic to Eat Program since 2017.

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Deathcap Mushroom Season is here: Mushroom foragers should take extreme care

  Watch out, mushroom foragers. Fall rains bring blooms of Amanita phalloides, better known as the death cap mushroom. They are common in Western Washington, and were found recently on the University of Washington Seattle campus. The death cap mushroom has no distinctive odor or taste and resembles other nontoxic varieties. Consumption of the Amanita […]

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Why testing for lead helps kids…and how you can get free testing

Lead exposure can harm brain growth in young children, so it’s important for toddlers and preschoolers to be tested for lead if they have any of the risk factors. We’re offering free lead testing at many events this August, and we have a comic strip to explain why testing for lead benefits young children.

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