The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Interior Health has issued a dust advisory for Golden because of high concentrations of dust that are expected to persist until there is precipitation.
Residents are advised to avoid strenuous outdoor activities and keep windows and doors closed while inside.
Exposure is especially dangerous for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as breathing or lung conditions, hay fever and asthma. Those who experience symptoms such as persistent eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, coughing or shortness of breath should follow the advice of a health care provider.
To help with the problem, residents are asked to avoid the use of wood stoves unless absolutely necessary and to avoid idling their vehicles.
The advisory has been triggered by high concentrations of dust, measured as “PM10” or particles 10 micrometers or smaller in diameter. Accumulated road salt over the winter is a major reason for these elevated readings. For up to date air quality readings, log on to www.bcairquality.ca.