Clark County’s Department of Air Quality has issued a dust advisory from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon.
There could be elevated levels of blowing dust due to the forecast of high winds in the Las Vegas valley.
Airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter or PM, which aggravates respiratory diseases. Under windy conditions people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children may feel better staying indoors as much as possible because they could be at greater risk from particulates, especially when they are physically active, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Consult your physician if you have a medical condition that makes you sensitive to air pollution.
County Air Quality officials will continue to monitor conditions and will post updates on the forecast page of the DAQ website.
Tips to limit exposure to dust include:
· Limit outdoor exertion on windy days with dust is in the air. Exercise, for example, makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
· Keep windows and doors closed.
· Run your air conditioner inside your house and car to filter out particulates.
· Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
· To keep dust down, drive slowly on unpaved roads.
· Don’t take short cuts across vacant lots.
· Ride off-road vehicles in approved areas outside the urban Las Vegas Valley.
Call Air Quality’s dust-complaint hotline at (702) 385-DUST (3878) to report excessive amounts of blowing dust from construction sites, vacant lots or facilities.