Date Published: 16 April 2009
Air pollution health warning
The NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) have advised NSW Health that most of NSW is predicted to experience hazardous air quality today due to high particle levels. These conditions are likely to continue tomorrow.
Particle pollution is mainly caused by motor vehicles, wood burning heaters and industry. It can reach extremely high concentrations during bushfires and dust storms.
It is believed that the current conditions around the State are due to dust storms.
NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of particle pollution. These people should avoid outdoor activities today.
Adam Capon, Senior Policy Analyst, NSW Health, warns those with lung disease, and heart disease to closely monitor their symptoms.
?Particle levels are likely to be higher outdoors than indoors, so people sensitive to fine particles should limit the time they spend outside,” advised Mr Capon.
Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, asthma sufferers need to seek medical advice.
Fine particles can also irritate the lungs of healthy adults, and it is advised that everyone should significantly cut back on physical activities outside today.
People can have health alerts sent to them via SMS or email by visiting the Department of Environment and Climate Change website and subscribing to Air Quality Index daily forecasts.