Air Quality Alert: Dust advisory issued for this week
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An air quality advisory has been issued for dust on Wednesday and will continue through Thursday morning.
Due to expected high winds, officials with the Clark County Department of Air Quality are advising residents and operators of local construction sites of the possibility of blowing dust.
At this time, unhealthy levels of dust are not occurring. But, as part of the county's dust-control program, officials are sending notices to construction sites in the Las Vegas Valley and other surrounding areas in the county, asking them to take precautions to prevent blowing dust.
Air Quality officials will continue to monitor conditions and will post an alert on the forecast page of the DAQ website, if unhealthy levels actually occur.
To take a look at the forecast page, click here.
Officials also recommend the following tips 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
- Fence off barren property or cover it with gravel, rock or desert-friendly landscaping
Airborne dust aggravates respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. It may be best for children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors during dust storms.