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Need to charge your ride? Plug in at the Health Department.

Do you have an electric vehicle? If so, you probably know 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. Simply turn off your engine whenever you can

We’ve launched a new campaign encouraging folks to do just that. Learn how you can help at

When you keep your engine running, your vehicle creates harmful chemicals and wastes fuel. Idling fumes can cause serious diseases like:

  • Asthma.
  • Heart disease.
  • Chronic bronchitis.
  • Cancer.

Plugging in at the department. 

Driving an electric vehicle means no emissions—no particle pollutants coming out of 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 switched many of the cars we drive all over the county for everything from restaurant to water quality inspections from gas powered cars to hybrids and bought our first electric vehicle. Our Environmental Health team worked with our facilities team and Tacoma Public Utilities to get two charging stations installed in our parking lot. 

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

Our Board of Health members have asked for this, too. Pierce County Council and Board of Health member Marty Campbell got a chance to plug in his electric car at the Department recently. He agreed having stations at our building offer a much-needed service for our community and staff.

If you have an electric ride, come plug in at either of the 2 charging stations in our D Street parking lot.

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

Breathe easier during wildfire smoke. 

Wildfire smoke also contributes to poor air quality in our region. Health effects from smoke can vary greatly from person to person.

Smoke’s tiny particles are bad for your lungs, heart, sinuses and other parts of your body. Those with underlying medical conditions like asthma are most at risk, but everyone should pay attention to personal health when smoke is in the air.

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

You can learn more at

Protect yourself from the effects of climate change.

Climate change is linked to longer, warmer, and drier summers. These conditions lead to wildfires. This new problem might be a lasting one. Driving electric vehicles and turning off our gas-powered engines can help. 

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A electric car is plugged in to charge at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's charging station.