Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The city's Environmental Health Department Air Quality Division is notifying Albuquerque-area residents of a possible blowing dust event through this afternoon. People who are sensitive to blowing dust are encouraged to limit outdoor activity.
Strong winds are expected with the passage of a cold front Wednesday. Blowing dust could begin during the morning hours and last into the afternoon. The Air Quality Division will issue an updated notice Wednesday should blowing dust become a problem.
Blowing dust contributes to particulate pollution. People who are sensitive to blowing dust, such as those with asthma, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory and heart diseases, are encouraged to limit outdoor activity. Children and older adults may also be affected by particulate pollution. Schools and senior citizen facilities may want to provide indoor activities to minimize exposure to elevated outdoor particulate levels.
During blowing dust events, the following actions are recommended, especially for individuals sensitive to particulate pollution:
- Keep windows and doors closed. If needed for comfort, use air conditioners or heating systems on recycle/recirculation mode.
- Limit your time spent outdoors.
- If symptoms of heart or lung disease occur, (including shortness of breath, chest tightness, chest pain, palpitations or unusual fatigue) contact your health care provider.
- Individuals with heart or lung disease should follow their health management plan from their health care provider. Asthmatic individuals should follow a prescribed asthma management plan.
- Avoid outdoor exercise.
For more information, please contact the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311.
Photo: National Weather Service
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