Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is urging people with respiratory conditions to take extra care, with concerns poor air quality caused by bushfires may affect their breathing.
People are advised to take precautions and stay indoors to avoid irritations to the eyes, nose and throat, and to avoid aggravating existing lung and heart conditions. Older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.
SNSWLHD outlined a range of simple tips to help stay safe and healthy during the smoke/poor air quality:
People with asthma, heart disease and other lung and heart conditions should avoid vigorous outdoor physical activity when smoke is around.
Staying indoors with the doors and windows shut is an effective way of reducing exposure to smoke.
People with asthma or a lung condition should follow their Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Action Plan and carry their relieving medication with them. If your symptoms do not settle, seek medical advice.
In case of emergency always dial Triple Zero.
If you need to attend an emergency department, please bring your puffers, spacers, etc. with you.
For more information, see: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/bushfire-smoke.aspx