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Advice about smoke in areas affected by fire

Advice about smoke in areas affected by fire

Advice and information from Public Health England (PHE)

  • Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and check media including local radio station for advice and information.
  • Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.
  • Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the nose, throat, and lungs, the skin and the eyes. Symptoms may include coughing and wheezing, sore throat, feeling short of breath, runny nose or eyes or chest pain.
  • In general, exposure to smoke is more likely to affect people who have existing breathing problems, lung or heart conditions. The very young and very old, smokers and people with flu or flu-like illnesses may also be at greater risk after exposure to smoke from fires.
  • People who are generally fit and well are unlikely to experience long-term health problems from temporary exposure to smoke from a fire.
  • To minimise your exposure, limit the amount of time you spend outside in the smoke. People with asthma who may be in the vicinity of the fire should carry their inhaler.

If symptoms persist seek medical advice by calling NHS 111 or by contacting your General Practitioner (GP). If a medical consultant is already treating an existing health condition, discuss your concerns and symptoms with them. In the case of an emergency call 999.

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