March 10, 2015 - 7:56 AM
VERNON - Concern over the amount of dust in the air because of road sand being kicked up by traffic has led to a special advisory for Vernon.
The Ministry of Environment has issued a dust advisory because of the high concentration of particulates in the air that will hang around under a change in weather conditions, which is expected Wednesday with a 60 per cent chance of showers throughout the day.
The air quality health index is expected to reach a moderate level of five today, about three points higher than the typical low level experienced in the area. The most recent readings show a concentration level nearly double the typical hourly average, well in excess of the provincial objective.
The conditions are being blamed on traffic stirring up winter traction materials that have accumulated on roadways. Dry and stagnant weather conditions have led to the accumulation of the dust in the air.
People with chronic underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and lung or heart disease should avoid strenuous exercise and stay indoors. Heavy traffic, smoking and wood stoves should be avoided as well while air conditioned spaces will help reduce particulate exposure.
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