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Do you have an electric vehicle? If so, you probably know that charging stations are hard to find in east and south Tacoma near the health department.

If you don’t have one, you can still help protect our air and your health. Just turn off your engine whenever you can!

We’ve launched a new campaign encouraging people to do just that. Find out how you can help at tpchd.org/idlefree253.

When you rev ​​your engine, your vehicle creates harmful chemicals and wastes fuel. Idling fumes can cause serious illnesses such as:

  • Asthma.
  • Cardiopathy.
  • Chronic bronchitis.
  • Cancer.

Connection to the department.

Driving an electric vehicle means no emissions, no polluting particles leaving your vehicle. So you can protect our environment and your family’s health at the same time.

Our staff works to protect the environment as well as people’s health. We’ve traded in many of the cars we drive around the county for everything from restaurants to water quality inspections, gas cars to hybrids and bought our first electric vehicle. Our environmental health team worked with our facilities team and Tacoma Public Utilities to install two charging stations in our parking lot.

Our Health Director, Dr. Anthony LT Chen, has been driving a plug-in hybrid for about 4 years. He was lucky enough to be one of the first people to top up his ride at our new stations last month. He noted how great it is to have a charging option in this part of town.

Members of our board of health have also requested it. Pierce County Council and Board of Health member Marty Campbell recently had the chance to plug in his electric car at the department. He agreed that the stations in our building provide a much-needed service to our community and our staff.

If you have an electric vehicle, come and plug in at one of the 2 charging stations in our parking lot on rue D.

Download the Flo app (Google Play or Apple) to your mobile device or register online. A charge costs $2 for 6 hours or $0.33 per hour. After 6 hours it’s $3 an hour.

Breathe easier during wildfire smoke.

Smoke from wildfires also contributes to poor air quality in our region. The health effects of smoking can vary greatly from person to person.

The tiny smoke particles are harmful to your lungs, heart, sinuses and other parts of your body. People with underlying medical conditions like asthma are most at risk, but everyone should be mindful of their personal health when there is smoke in the air.

Consider building a Corsi-Rosenthal Box. This affordable option reduces levels of virus-laden aerosol particles in your air. Visit wasmoke.blogspot.com or Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to view local air quality conditions.

You can learn more at tpchd.org/wildfiresmoke.

Protect yourself from the effects of climate change.

Climate change is linked to longer, hotter and drier summers. These conditions lead to forest fires. This new problem could be long-lasting. Driving electric vehicles and turning off our gasoline engines can help.

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