ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city has issued a Health Alert due to blowing dust that will go into effect at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, and continue through Wednesday, May 12 at 6 a.m. Individuals with respiratory conditions in the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are urged to limit outdoor activity.
The city’s Air Quality Program issues Health Alerts due to elevated levels of smoke or dust as both are types of particulate matter. Individuals who are sensitive to particulate matter such as those who have asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory and heart diseases are encouraged to limit outdoor activity.
The City of Albuquerque offers steps you can take during health alerts:
- Limit your time spent outdoors and avoid outdoor exercise.
- Schools and senior citizen facilities may want to provide indoor activities to minimize exposure to elevated outdoor particulate levels.
- Keep windows and doors closed. If needed for comfort, use air conditioners or heating systems on recycle/recirculation mode.
- If symptoms of heart or lung disease occur, (including shortness of breath, chest tightness, chest pain, palpitations, or unusual fatigue) contact your health care provider.
- Individuals with heart or lung disease should follow their health management plan from their health care provider.
- Asthmatic individuals should follow a prescribed asthma management plan.