Blowing dust causes health alert in ABQ

Blowing dust health alert

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Environmental Health Department officials have issued a health alert due to blowing dust.

Officials say high winds are causing increased levels of dust in the area. The health alert will be in effect from Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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