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Dust advisory issued for Clark County; high winds in forecast

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 01:54:41-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County’s Department of Air Quality has issued a dust advisory for Tuesday.

Residents and local construction sites may experience the possibility of elevated levels of blowing dust due to the forecast of high winds in Southern Nevada.

Airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter, according to the department, 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 higher risk from particulates, especially when they are physically active, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

County Air Quality officials will continue to monitor conditions and will post updates on the forecast page.

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Tuesday's dust advisory is at a level that may be unhealthy for sensitive groups of people.

Clark County shares a few tips to help limit exposure to dust:

-Limit outdoor exertion on windy days when 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.