Polk County Health Department

Health Risks from a fire at 1422 Scott Ave

A warehouse fire at Taylor Recycling on 1422 Scott Ave last night, created a smoke plume that can cause health risks due to poor air quality.

Jeremy Becker, Polk County Air Pollution Engineer said, “Concentrations measured are high enough to be a concern for sensitive populations such as. the young, elderly and those with health issues like asthma. We are continuing to monitor the area.”

Rick Kozin, Polk County Health Department Director advises people and businesses in the immediate area, or those who can smell it, to take the following precautions:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • Stay indoors and use the air conditioning-the furnace filter will help filter the air
  • Schools, childcares etc. should have indoor recess periods.

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Des Moines, IA 50314