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How to Control Road Dust

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road dust Dust pollution is a common problem around unpaved rural roads, construction sites, horse arenas, and some sports fields. You may even experience a dust problem if your driveway is unpaved or your home is going through an outdoor renovation. If you have dust circulating around your space, don’t be discouraged. Simply be prepared to take action by using some of the easiest methods to control the dust.

After determining that you have a hazardous dust situation, it’s important to be aware of the negative effects that dust has on you, the people around you, and the environment so that you can be proactive in dust prevention. Here are just a few of the negative effects of dust:

The Negative Effects of Dust

  • Accidents: Dust can cause car accidents because of visibility issues. Like fog, dust can reduce seeing distance and disorient drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, athletes, and construction workers, causing accidents to happen in the process.
  • Respiratory Problems: If the air is polluted -- not just with dust, but with nearly anything -- your breathing quality is going to suffer. This can aggravate already existing breathing problems (such as asthma) and potentially cause new problems to show up in the future. Dust can also aggravate allergies.
  • Property Damage: The fine dust particles are determined to get inside every nook and cranny of your equipment and settle in there. This can eventually result in damage to your supplies. If you’re lucky enough to keep your supplies functional, you will still have a lot of cleaning up to do, which can be messy and costly.

The effects of dust can cause a catastrophe, but luckily there are some helpful ways to combat it. Controlling the dust may seem like a daunting task, but there are some products that make it easier and less time consuming than you may think.

How Do I Control Dust?

Products with certain ingredients will target all of those fine dust particles and harden them, ensuring the particles cannot become airborne. When poured over dusty locations, these products will decrease the chances of the dust floating up into the air and wreaking havoc on the surrounding area.

Calcium Chloride Pellets. Products made from calcium chloride will prevent dust from becoming airborne. Simply wet the dusty area with water and pour the pellets on top of the ground, spread evenly across the dusty area. You can also create a liquid solution by adding 2-3 pounds of pellets to each gallon of water you have. Just be careful, as the mixture will naturally heat up. Make sure to apply this treatment during a time of little activity, such as the early morning and late evening.

Specialty Emulsion Mixture. Products that are liquid-based also work very well for dust problems. Simply pour the liquid solution steadily across the dusty area. Like with the Calcium Chloride Pellets, make sure you’re applying this treatment during a time of little activity.

Are These Products Safe to Use?

Yes! Both of these products are completely safe for people, animals, and the environment surrounding. We make all of our products as safe to use as possible. Just make sure not to ingest the products -- and wear a protective mask as to not irritate the eyes or skin during product application. 

Dust is a dangerous substance that can really cause problems and disturb your community. If you’re dealing with dusty roads or driveways, construction sites, or sports fields, it’s important to have a dust control product that you can rely on.

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