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City's Environmental Health Department issues notice of blowing dust for Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

The Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Division is notifying Albuquerque area residents of a possible blowing dust event Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.

Strong winds are expected with the passage of a cold front this afternoon. Blowing dust will be worse on the west side of Albuquerque because precipitation from recent storms has fallen almost entirely on the city’s east side.

The Air Quality Division will issue an updated notice should blowing dust become a problem.

Blowing Dust Sensitivities

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.

Recommended Actions

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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