Air pollution health alert

Air pollution health alert

North Coast Public Health Unit is urging people with heart and respiratory conditions to take caution, with high air pollution levels in some areas of Northern NSW as a result of significant bushfire activity in the region, and in Lismore the fire in green waste piles at the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre.

Communities around Grafton, Lismore and Casino and the surrounding areas may be particularly affected in the coming days.

Assistant Director of Public Health North Coast, Greg Bell, said children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.

“If you have asthma you should follow your Asthma Action Plan and take your relieving medication where necessary and if symptoms get worse, seek medical advice,” Mr Bell said.

“Smoke may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, coughing and wheezing.
“Stay indoors, close windows and follow your health plan.

“To minimise any effects of smoke or air pollution, people should also consider avoiding vigorous exercise, seeking out air-conditioned premises and even consider moving away from the direct path of smoke whilst fires are still active.”

“It’s also a good idea for people with known health conditions to check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for regular updates on current fires,” Mr Bell said.

In case of emergency always remember to dial triple zero.

For more information about bushfire smoke and health, visit the NSW Health website:

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