NSW Health Director of
Environmental Health, Dr Richard Broome, said Sydney’s air quality has improved
over the last two days, but people still needed to monitor the conditions and take
action when the smoke returns.
with heart and lung conditions, young children and pregnant women may be more
sensitive to smoke,” said Dr Broome. “I’d urge these groups to avoid vigorous
outdoor activity on smoky days. It continues to be important for people with
existing heart and lung conditions to follow their medical plans and keep their
relieving medications close to hand.
best way to reduce exposure to smoke is to stay indoors with the doors and
windows shut. Open doors and windows in clear periods to air out any smoke that
may have leaked in.
“For the fourth straight week, presentations
to emergency departments and/or calls for NSW Ambulance assistance for asthma
or breathing problems continues to be higher than normal,” Dr Broome said.
5 to 11 December, emergency department presentations for asthma or breathing
problems were higher than usual across NSW with 1,357 presentations, compared
to the 5 year average of 916.
calls for breathing problems were also higher than usual with 2,448 ambulance
calls received, compared to the 5 year average of 1742.
to hospital from the emergency department for asthma and breathing problems
were 556, greater than the 5 year average of 435.
Tuesday 10 December, the days with very poor air quality across the whole of
Sydney, there were 234 presentations to NSW emergency departments with asthma
and breathing problems, which is almost twice the average number of 130.
Dr Broome said the smoke might cause
no more that eye or throat irritation for most people, but these data show that
those with known respiratory conditions, like asthma, need to be cautious when
smoke is about.
In case of emergency always
remember to dial Triple Zero. More information is available online at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/bushfire -smoke.aspx