14 November 2019

NSW Health is reminding people to once again be vigilant about their health, with smoke from fires north of Sydney prompting a poor air quality forecast for Friday.

NSW Health Director of Environmental Health, Dr Richard Broome said the fine particles in smoke can irritate the respiratory system and aggravate existing lung and heart conditions.

“We’re expecting smoke to begin impacting air quality in the Sydney Basin late today and to continue to do so into Friday,” Dr Broome said.

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

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

Dr Broome said those with asthma should follow their Asthma Action Plan and have their relieving medication with them.

In case of emergency always remember to dial Triple Zero.

Up-to-date information on air quality is available on NSW Air Quality.

For more information, visit NSW Health air quality​.