Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dangerous Dust: Health Risks of Haboobs

Haboob Dust Storm by Hines Photography
Haboob Dust Storm a photo by Hines Photography on Flickr.

Are you aware of the dangers and health risks associated with Arizona's summer haboobs?

These massive dust storms carry Valley Fever spores, mold, fungus, bacteria, chemicals, and more! The dangers arise because the particles are so fine. They are so tiny that our body's natural defenses in the nose and throat can't stop them and they get inhaled and trapped in the lungs. This increases risks of both short term and long term illnesses to the respiratory system including Valley Fever, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, allergies, etc.

Haboob by Todd_Moy, on Flickr
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Here are some precautions you can take to deal with dangerous dust from haboobs:
  1. Stay Indoors. Avoid exposure to big dust storms. Stay inside until the storm has passed and the dust settles. Children and pets are at risk too -- keep them inside!
  2. Duck & Cover. If you do get caught outside during the storm, cover your nose and mouth. Use a mask, article of clothing, or anything available to reduce the inhalation of harmful dust particles. Seek shelter as quickly as possible.
  3. Clean It Up. Wash off your driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, patios, and outdoor furniture to avoid tracking dangerous material into your home or business.
The risks are real. But don't take our word for it. Check out these additional resources regarding haboob health risks:

Haboobs' Health Dangers at Banner Health Services
Exceptional Dust Storm at the AZ Dept. of Health Services Director's Blog
Haboob may lead to lasting health problems at News 4 Tucson (
Researcher studying health risks of haboobs at Arizona Daily Star

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to School: Concrete & Paver Sealing in Tempe, AZ

Concrete & Paver Sealing in Tempe, AZ by ACME POWERWASH
As students and teachers are heading back to school, ACME Powerwash is staying busy cleaning up around campuses, apartments, and houses city wide. This photo is from a recent project we completed in Tempe at a new student housing facility near ASU. Technicians steam-cleaned and power washed several different kinds of pavers and thousands of square feet of colored concrete.

To learn about how ACME Powerwash can help clean up around your home or school, please visit us online at or call 602-373-1515 today for a free estimate!