Health warning for smoke across Mudgee

The Mid-Western region has been clouded in smoke from the fire burning at Wuuluman near Wellington for the last few days.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned the smokey conditions are expected to get worst this afternoon across Mudgee town.

Environmental Services Coordinator from the Western Health Network, Ingo Steppat is warning residents to stay indoors as much as possible.

“The problem with any kind of smoke is that it has super fine particles that penetrate fairly deeply into the lungs – so if you’re suffering with things like bronchitis, asthma or emphysema it’s very important for you to stay out of the smoke.

“Elderly residents and children are the worst effected but it can also effect those that are healthy – particularly those that work outdoors.

“The symptoms include shortness of breath, headaches and nausea.

“Things like this generally don’t get better on their own – especially if you’re already suffering with a condition – so it’s important to go and see a health professional,” he said.

“If you must work outside in an area with smoke, it’s important that they wear some kind of respiratory protection – that’s a P1 or P2 dusk mask. They are available from a chemist or hardwear store.

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