Dust storm kicks up new warn­ings

The Western Star - - News -

DUSTY con­di­tions from nat­u­ral events like bush­fires or dust storms can be try­ing for ev­ery­one but they are es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult for peo­ple with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions.

For peo­ple with res­pi­ra­tory is­sues who live near a bush­fire or dust storm, it’s rec­om­mended to stay in­doors with all win­dows and doors closed. Fol­low any med­i­cal plan pro­vided by their doc­tor such as an asthma man­age­ment plan, and avoid vig­or­ous ex­er­cise. If any­one is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing any ad­verse re­ac­tions to the dust or smoke, such as short­ness of breath, pro­longed cough­ing or wheez­ing, seek med­i­cal ad­vice. Air­con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ments can pro­vide pro­tec­tion. Be care­ful when clean­ing away the film of dust in homes after­wards – use wa­ter to wipe it away. If your car is air­con­di­tioned, switch the air in­take to re­cir­cu­late.

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