Northern Health, Ministry of Environment issue dust advisory for Peace Region


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Health, along with the Ministry of Environment, has issued a dust advisory for Fort St. John because of high concentrations of dust and coarse particulate matter, which refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets that are between 2.5 and 10 micrometres in diametre.A press release states that these concentrations are expected to carry on until there is precipitation, or the streets are cleared of traction material.The warning also extends to the South Peace River region, and air quality advisories pertaining to dust have also been announced for Burns Lake, Smithers, Vernon and Golden.- Advertisement -Levels tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations. This advisory is in effect until further notice, and people with chronic underlying medical conditions are urged to postpone strenuous exercise near busy streets until the advisory is lifted.People are also encouraged to reduce personal health risk who the advisory is in effect by avoiding roads with heavy traffic, avoiding doing excessive outdoor physical activity, and taking shelter in air-conditioned buildings with large indoor volumes so there is limited entry for outdoor air.The Ministry of Environment says exposure to dust is particularly concerning for infants, the elderly, and those who have diabetes, lung disease or heart disease.Advertisement More updates and real-time air quality observations can be found online.last_img read more