Another dust advisory issued for Vernon

The Ministry of Environment, along with the Interior Health Authority, has issued yet another dust advisory for Vernon.

The advisory, released on Tuesday morning, comes after high concentrations of coarse dust particles were found in the air.

According to the ministry, Vernon was experiencing an hourly average of 190 micrograms of dust particulates per cubic metre — nearly four times the amount of contaminants when compared to the provincial standard of 50 micrograms per cubic metre.

The ministry added that the average for the past 24 hours were 87 micrograms per cubic metre.

The ministry noted that dusty conditions this time of year are typically caused by vehicles stirring up gravel, and other winter traction materials, left on the roads.

Tuesday marked the 18th day this year a dust advisory was implemented for Vernon. City residents have seen similar patterns over the last few years, though nowhere near as many days and none have come this late in the year.

In 2018, there were 13 dust-advisory days. In 2017, there were eight dust-advisory days. In 2016, there were just four dust-advisory days.

Dust advisory days issued for Vernon:

2016: 4 days

  • March 23 to 26
  • 2017: 8 days
  • Jan. 31 to Feb. 2
  • Feb. 23 to 25
  • Feb. 28
  • March 20

2018: 13 days

  • March 5
  • March 10 to 14
  • March 16 to 22

2019: 18 days

  • Jan 29 to 31
  • Feb 26 to 27
  • March 4 to 6
  • March 18 to 23
  • March 27 to 30
  • April 2

The Interior Health Authority says the following groups should be extra cautious when dust advisories are issued:

  • People with asthma
  • Diabetics
  • Elderly
  • People with lung disease, heart disease or chronic respiratory disease
  • Infants

The health authority has also offered some tips to help those affected by the worsening air conditions:

  • Stay inside, ideally in an air conditioned environment
  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Run an air cleaner

For more information about dust advisories, click here.

For more information on current air quality, click here.

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