City issues health alert for blowing dust

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Due to forecasted high wind conditions the Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Program has issued a health alert.

Officials say high winds can lead to an elevated level of blowing dust and particulate matter which can cause issues for those with heart diseases and respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis.

The health alert will be in effect Saturday from noon until 9:00 Saturday night.

Health officials recommend limited outdoor activity during the alert time period.

Be sure to keep windows and doors closed. If you are using an air conditioner or heater make sure the system is on recycle or recirculation mode.

Heart and lung diseases patients are advised to contact their healthcare providers if they begin to experience symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain.

Winds are expected to increase in strength.

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