Sydney air quality alert

Western Sydney Local Health District’s multimedia team captures the sky over Westmead at 8.56am on 19 November.

NSW Health is reminding people to be vigilant about their health, with smoke from fires prompting poor air quality.

NSW Health Director of Environmental Health, Dr Richard Broome said the fine particles in smoke can irritate the respiratory system and aggravate existing lung and heart conditions.

“For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat. However, people with conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina are more likely to be sensitive to the health effects of smoke.” Dr Broome said.

Smokey skies outside Westmead Hospital’s emergency department.

“People with these conditions should avoid outdoor physical activity when there’s smoke around.”

Dr Broome said those with asthma should follow their Asthma Action Plan and have their relieving medication with them.

In case of emergency always remember to dial Triple Zero. 

Westmead’s new acute services building blanketed in smoke haze.

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

For more information, visit the NSW Health air quality web page at: -smoke.aspx