Health alert: poor air quality across Sydney

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NSW Health is urging people with respiratory conditions to take caution, with high air pollution levels in Sydney today as a result of hazard reduction burns occurring near Sydney over the weekend and on Monday.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has advised that Sydney is experiencing poor air quality.

NSW Health Director of Environmental Health Dr Ben Scalley said children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions were 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; if symptoms get worse, seek medical advice,” Dr Scalley 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.

“It’s also a good idea for people with known health conditions to sign up to get air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Office of Environment and Heritage and check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for regular updates on planned burns.”

Hazard reduction is an important part of preparing for a bush fire season and is focused on protecting people, property and the environment. It is expected that hazard reduction burns will continue around Sydney throughout today.

For more information on local air quality forecast and hourly air quality updates, visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website here.

For more information about air pollution and health, visit the NSW Health website here. 

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