Health advice in response to poor air quality

18 November 2019
Public Health Advice written on blue background with ISLHD logo

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is reminding people to once again be vigilant about their health, with smoke from fires north of Sydney affecting air quality locally. 

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.

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

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. 

Read the fact sheet on bushfire smoke here.