A number of controlled hazard reduction burns are being conducted in the Southern Highlands, causing NSW Health to issue a smoke advisory for the region.
Smoke from these burns are likely to settle across a number of townships in the Highlands over the coming days.
Smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning can affect some people more than others.
NSW Health has reminded 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.
Highlands Hazard Reduction Notifications:
Joadja East Stage 2&3 HR
Date: Saturday/Sunday/Monday 9-13 April 2018
Location: Joadja Road, Joadja
Area: Approx 1497 Ha
Bulls Point Gully HR
Date: Thursday/ Friday 11-12 April 2018
Location: Morton NP, Wingello State Forest
Area: 747 Ha
Dinner Creek HR
Date: Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday 12-13 April 2018
Location: Nattai NP, High Range
Area: 173 Ha
Date: 12-14th April 2018
Location: Redhills Road, Fitzroy Falls
Area: Approx 77 Ha