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Winds can create dusty conditions; take steps to protect your lungs

This time of year, air quality can be affected by dust from windy conditions. When it is dusty, it’s important to take precautions to protect your health.

Dust is made up of tiny particles. When inhaled, these particles can settle deeply into lungs and can irritate or damage sensitive tissues in the respiratory system. People with respiratory illnesses, the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and anyone engaged in strenuous physical activity outdoors are most at risk.

Here’s how you can protect yourself and your family when it’s dusty:

  • Check current air quality.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible if air quality becomes unhealthy.
  • Watch for sudden changes in visibility while driving.
  • Avoid driving during windy conditions when windblown dust is likely.
  • Turn on headlights as a safety precaution.