11 November 2019
NSW Health is reminding people to take precautions as smoke from the severe bushfires is expected to cause poor air quality in Sydney and the Hunter this afternoon.


NSW Health Director of Environmental Health Dr Richard Broome reminds people to take precautions as smoke can irritate the respiratory system and aggravate existing lung and heart conditions.

“Smoke from fires on the Mid-North Coast is being blown south and we’re expecting poor air quality this afternoon,” said Dr Broome.

“Smoke contains fine particles that can affect people’s health,” said Dr Broome.

“For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat. However, people with existing lung and heart conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina are more likely to be sensitive to the effects of smoke.

“People with these conditions should avoid outdoor physical activity when there’s smoke around.

“People with asthma should also follow their Asthma Action Plan and have their relieving medication with them.”

“The best way to reduce exposure to smoke is to stay indoors with the doors and windows shut. Air conditioning can also help to filter particles from indoor air,” Dr Broome said.

Up-to-date information on air quality is available on the NSW Air Quality Website:

https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/aqms/aqi.htm.

In case of emergency always remember to dial Triple Zero. For more information, visit the NSW Health air quality web page at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/bushfire-smoke.aspx