Young and old should heed smoke advice

With bushfire smokeblanketing Sydney, NSW Health is once again urging people to take precautionsto protect their health.

NSW Health is particularlyreminding the elderly and parents and carers of young children to stay insidewith doors and windows shut, where possible, and postpone outdoor activities.

Dr Kerry Chant,Chief Health Officer at NSW Health, said that people with underlying heart andlung conditions should also try to spend more time indoors whenever the smokeis lingering.

“People inhigh-risk groups should also avoid strenuous activity. People with existinglung and heart conditions can also protect themselves by following theirdisease management plans,” Dr Chant said.

“Ifyou’ve got asthma and are prescribed a preventer puffer, it’s really importantto be taking it at the moment. And make sure you keep your reliever medicationto hand.

“Thebest way to reduce exposure to smoke is to stay indoors with the doors andwindows shut.”

HealthMinister Brad Hazzard also urged people to follow NSW Health’s advice onprecautionary measures until the smoke clears.

“When there are public health issues like this in play, it is importantpeople follow the expert advice of our many agencies coordinating the responseefforts.”

In case ofemergency always remember to dial Triple Zero.

Up-to-dateinformation on air quality is available on the NSW Air Quality website:

https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/aqms/aqi.htm

For moreinformation, visit the NSW Health air quality web page at:

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/bushfire-smoke.aspx

More informationcan be found at the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat

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