Smoke from planned hazard
reduction burns is forecast to impact much of Sydney throughout the day and
NSW Health Director of
Environmental Health Dr Richard Broome said that smoke can irritate the
respiratory system and aggravate existing lung and heart conditions.
“People with conditions
like asthma, emphysema and angina are more likely to be sensitive to the
effects of smoke,” said Dr Broome.
“Smoke from hazard
reduction burns can be quite unpredictable, but we’re expecting poor air
quality in a number of places across the Sydney basin into Wednesday morning.
“For most people, smoke
will be no more than an irritation.
“However, I recommend that
people with existing heart and lung conditions should avoid outdoor physical
activity when there’s smoke around.
“It’s also important for
people with asthma to follow their Asthma Action Plan and have their relieving
medication with them.”
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: