Dust advisory listed for many parts of Southern Colorado

Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 20:59:01-04

It wasn’t just the smoke affecting the air quality on Tuesday.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for Blowing Dust on Tuesday.

We’ve seen our share of windy days this past month, in Southern Colorado.

But the Environmental Health Division tells us this is the first time in years a dust advisory has been issues for El Paso County.

For the average person in good health, the dust won’t be much more than an irritant.

You could experience something similar to allergy symptoms– discomfort in your eyes, ears, and throat.

But those symptoms can be much more severe for a specific group of people.

"The elderly and children, [and] people with pre-existing respiratory conditions and heart and lung conditions are considered more at risk when there’s dust in the air," said Marla Luckey, with the Environmental Health Division.

"We want them to reduce their physical activity and reduce their exposure time outside, so they’re breathing in less of that air," she added.

The advisory should expire at 8 p.m.