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There is a road dust advisory for Terrace due to high concentrations of PM10.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise and consider staying indoors until the advisory is lifted.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheeze, follow the advice of your health care provider, particularly if you are elderly, have asthma, hay fever, breathing or lung conditions or if you react strongly to dust.

Tips to reduce personal health risk:

  • Avoid roads with heavy vehicle traffic.
  • If you stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed and reduce indoor sources of pollution, such as smoking, vacuuming and use of wood stoves.
  • Continue to control medical conditions such as asthma, hay fever and chronic respiratory disease. If symptoms continue to be bothersome, seek medical attention.
  • Maintaining good overall health is a good way to prevent health effects resulting from short-term exposure to air pollution.

Voluntary Emission Reduction Actions for the Terrace area:

  • Avoid the use of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces unless used as the sole source of residential heat.
  • Where wood-stoves or fireplaces are the sole source of residential heat, use only CSA/EPA emissions approved wood-burning appliances and well-cured wood, and ensure an adequate supply of combustion air.
  • Follow local backyard burning bylaws, and avoid backyard burning where a bylaw prohibiting this practice does not already exist.
  • Reduce the use and idling of vehicles.

This episode is expected to continue until there is sufficient precipitation or wind to disperse the PM10.

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

Real-time air quality information for B.C. communities can be found at: www.bcairquality.ca.

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