People with respiratory conditions such as asthma are urged to stay indoors as much as possible while hazard reduction fires
are conducted around Sydney.
Director of Environmental Health Dr Ben Scalley said people should avoid vigorous exercise and, if possible, stay in air-conditioned
premises where filtration systems can help to reduce smoke particles in the air.
“Symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people with the chronic respiratory conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs,” Dr Scalley said.
smoke particles are known to affect the human breathing system. The smaller or
finer the particles, the deeper they go into the lungs.
particles can cause a variety of health problems, such as itchy or burning
eyes, throat irritation, runny nose and illnesses such as bronchitis.
Scalley said people with asthma or a lung condition who develop symptoms such as shortness of
breath, coughing or wheezing,
their Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Action Plan.
may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, as
well as aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema
“If symptoms do not settle, seek medical advice. If
you are on home oxygen treatment, continue as prescribed and if breathlessness
worsens, contact your doctor.
“Healthy adults may also feel the effects of fine particles that can irritate the lungs, so it’s
wise to reschedule or cut back on prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities when smoke levels are high.
case of emergency always remember to dial triple zero. For more information,
visit the NSW Health air quality web page at: