HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – A dust advisory has been issued for Hudson’s Hope due to “high concentrations of coarse particulate matter.”
The advisory was issued by the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with the Northern Health Authority.
This is supposed to continue until there is precipitation, dust suppression or a change in traffic patterns, according to the ministry.
Levels are reportedly higher around busy road and industrial operations.
At 1 p.m. on Thursday, particulate matter concentrations were reported at 51.1 micrograms per cubic metre in Hudson’s Hope, compared to 15.2 in Fort St. John.
Exposure is particularly a concern for individuals with chronic conditions such asthma, COPD, heart disease, and diabetes; respiratory infections such as COVID-19, pregnant women, infants, and older adults.
Anyone experiencing symptoms such as continuing eye or throat irritation, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheezing, should follow the advice of their health care provider. Staying indoors helps to reduce particulate matter exposure.
For more information on current air quality, visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air.
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