Wind blows dust into the evening

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CANBERRANS are warned of raised dust and reduced air quality, which is a possibility with today’s (Tuesday, February 12) predicted dry conditions and strong winds, according to ACT Health. 

If this occurs, ACT Health says atmospheric dust will likely impact Canberra in the afternoon and into the evening.

ACT Health is warning people who are sensitive to air pollution, such as those with heart or lung conditions, and are encouraging them to minimise vigorous outdoor exercise during this period and take their medication as prescribed by their doctor.

Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, should seek medical attention.

UPDATE: 4.15pm

AIR quality in Canberra is deteriorating due to the dust storm, according to ACT Health. 

ACT Health says anyone can experience symptoms from dust including the most common symptoms; burning eyes, throat and skin irritation. Some people with pre-existing breathing-related problems, such as asthma and chronic lung diseases, may experience breathing difficulties.

Precautions to minimise health impacts of a dust storm include:

  • leave the area for a cleaner environment;
  • stay indoors, with windows and doors closed;
  • stay in air-conditioned premises and switch the air-conditioner to ‘recycle’ or ‘recirculate’ to reduce the amount of dust entering the building;
  • visit a local air-conditioned building such as a library, community centre or shopping centre;
  • avoid vigorous exercise, especially if you have a heart or lung condition;
  • if you have a heart or lung condition, follow your treatment plan prescribed by your doctor; and
  • if it is safe to do so, check on elderly neighbours or other people who you think might need extra help.

Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, should seek medical attention.

ACT Health says anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice from their health practitioner, and anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness or difficulty breathing should seek urgent medical assistance. In the event of a medical emergency call 000.

For further information on managing your health during dust storms, visit our dust storms fact sheet available on the ACT Health website. 

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