Air quality advisories continue in Vernon as dust levels high

New day, new dust advisory

Another day, another dust advisory in Vernon.

The annual rite of spring continued Friday as the Ministry of Environment and Interior Health issued yet another advisory due to high concentrations of road dust kicked up by traffic.

As of 10 a.m. Friday the concentration of PM 10 particles in Vernon was 94.6 micrograms per cubic metre. That compares to just 19.5 in Kelowna.

The provincial air quality objective for PM10, is 50 μg/m3, averaged over 24 hours, says air quality meteorologist Trina Orchard.

Those with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise near busy roads until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

PM 10 refers to coarse particulate matter with diameters of less than 10 micrometres. PM10 can easily penetrate indoors because of its small size.

IH advises to keep windows and doors closed, and reduce indoor sources of pollution such as smoking and vacuuming.

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