SPECIAL ALERT: Smoke Advisory due to Hazard Reduction Burns
A MESSAGE FROM THE WINGECARRIBEE SHIRE COUNCIL
RFS and NSW Health have put out a Smoke Advisory for NSW.
We are sharing this information with our consultation and environment e-newsletter subscribers to assist the community.
Smoke Advisory – New South Wales
Posted: 2018-04-13 08:21
A number of controlled hazard reduction burns are being conducted by fire authorities on the outskirts of Sydney, near Mittagong and north of Hornsby. Smoke from these burns are likely to settle across a number of Sydney suburbs and townships in the Southern Highlands.
These are important controlled burns which will reduce the risk to people and properties from bush fires.
For a list of planned hazard reduction burns in:
Wingecarribee and Wollondilly LGA’s, please go to www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/environment/bushfire-management/current-hazard-reduction-burn-ad
other areas please go to: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/hazard-reductions
Your health and smoke
Smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning can affect some people more than others. NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.
If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.
Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, seek medical advice. Further advice is available from the Asthma Foundation website.
Here are some tips to stay safe during hazard reduction burning:
- Monitor the NSW RFS hazard reduction page for information about planned burns and smoke advisories in your area.
- Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home.
- Remove washing from clotheslines.
- Ensure pets have a protected area.
- If you’re driving through a smoky area, slow down, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on.
- Don’t call Triple Zero just to report that it’s smoky. Save Triple Zero for emergencies.
- NSW Health – Bush fire smoke and health
- Office of Environment and Heritage – Air quality monitoring and forecasts
- NSW Rural Fire Service – Weekly hazard reduction advisory