AIR quality in the last 24 hours in Albury and Wagga Wagga has been poor with particulate levels exceeding the national standards.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District advises people with chronic respiratory conditions living in areas currently affected by bushfires to stay indoors if levels of bushfire smoke pollution increase.
Bushfires can result in a large amount of smoke particles in the air, even great distances from the fires.
Director Public Health Tracey Oakman warned the health effects from breathing bush fire smoke vary between people, ranging from irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract, to serious aggravation of existing lung conditions such as asthma and emphysema.
“Not everyone who is exposed to the smoke will have health problems and most healthy adults who experience symptoms will recover quickly and not suffer any long-term consequences,” Mrs Oakman said.
“However smoke pollution can affect people with lung disease for many days after smoke is inhaled. Therefore it is important people with respiratory conditions closely monitor their symptoms and take appropriate action as required.
“Asthma sufferers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should follow their action plans. If symptoms get worse, sufferers need to seek medical advice.
“People with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions should not engage in vigorous exercise and if possible should stay in air-conditioned premises, where filtration systems can help to reduce smoke particles in the air.
“Keep houses closed as much as possible when there is heavy smoke around and reduce your outside activity when smoke pollution is evident,” Mrs Oakman said.