The advisory says to avoid roads with heavy traffic to avoid poor air quality. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

The advisory says to avoid roads with heavy traffic to avoid poor air quality. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel under dust advisory

Poor air quality caused by road sand being whipped into the air

Quesnel has once again been put under a dust advisory.

The ministry of environment and climate change strategy and Northern Health released the advisory just before 10 a.m. on April 15.

“Exposure is particularly a concern for individuals with chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, and diabetes; respiratory infections such as COVID-19, pregnant women, infants, and older adults,” the advisory notes. “Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions or acute infections should postpone or reduce strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted.”

The advisory was triggered by high concentrations of “coarse particulates” in the air. These particles are expected to remain until it rains or the city completes dust suppression. There is no rain called for in Environment Canada’s seven-day forecast for Quesnel.

Symptoms of exposure include eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath and coughing or wheezing.

Quesnel’s level of air quality is 53 micro-grams/metre cubed, just above the provincial air quality objective of 50.

“The current dusty conditions are caused by road traffic stirring up winter traction materials that have accumulated on roadways over the past winter,” the advisory reads.

Northern Health recommends avoiding roads used by heavy traffic and wood smoke to reduce health risks.

READ MORE: Dust advisory could continue through weekend

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