NSW Health advises that the high
temperatures forecast for this week are expected to contribute to high ozone
air pollution across Sydney in the coming days.
Dr Richard Broome, Director of
Environmental Health, said that “ozone can irritate the lungs, and that people
with asthma need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and have their relieving
medication with them.”
“Ozone levels are higher outdoors than
indoors, and generally highest in the afternoon and early evening, so limiting
time outdoors during the heat of the day and in the evening helps people to not
only keep cool but to limit their exposure to ozone pollution,” Dr Broome said.
“People with asthma and other chronic
respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are
especially vulnerable to the health effects of ozone,” he said.
“Anyone experiencing severe respiratory
distress should seek immediate medical help.”
can be found at the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/air/Pages/ozone.aspx.