Breathing in street dust is harmful to everyone, and it affects the general comfort of the population. Street dust consists mostly of fine asphalt and sand particles, which are used for road treatment. Studded tires are a significant source of dust particles because they are ground off on asphalt. Traffic and wind raise dust and cause a harmful health risk.
The health effects of street dust are most sensitive to asthmatics, small children, the elderly, and people with respiratory and heart diseases. However, street dust can cause discomfort and symptoms for anyone, including a runny nose, cough, and itchy eyes and throat. It often worsens the symptoms of people with heart and breathing problems.
Cities will do their best to clean streets efficiently, weather permitting. Individuals can also reduce the amount of street dust and the associated health risks by following HSY’s ten tips for street dust season.
First, avoid unnecessary driving. Second, choose walking, cycling or public transport. If you want to drive, use studded tires because they produce less dust than studded winter tires. On days when street dust levels are high, try to avoid busy areas. By moving away from the busiest streets, even just one block, the air is cleaner. Keep the windows closed and ensure a good seal around the doors and windows. Dry laundry indoors. Install efficient air filters in your home and keep them in good condition. Change the filters twice a year, in spring and autumn. Moisten the ground before sweeping to keep dust under control. Finally, check the state of the air quality by visiting the address on HSY’s website.
In summary, it can be stated that street dust is a health risk for everyone and its effects are felt on a wide scale. With simple measures such as wearing studded tires, avoiding unnecessary driving and walking or cycling, and monitoring air quality, we can all contribute to cleaner air and health.
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