Public health warnings issued to residents near beach fire

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 02, 2022 |

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Public health warnings have be issued to residents living near the Pegasus / Woodend fire.

Waitaha Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Ramon Pink said the smoke presents a moderate risk to health.

“Air around this area is smoky and there is potential that people who are sensitive to smoke – such as those with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women, young children and the elderly ­– may experience symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath or eye, nose and throat irritation.”

 Dr Pink said exposure to smoke can worsen pre-existing health conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

“People affected by the smoke should close windows and doors, stay inside if it’s safe to do so and avoid or reduce outdoor exercise.”

Dr Pink said “anyone experiencing health issues from the Woodend fire should phone their usual general practice team in the first instance.

For families returning to homes or holiday accommodation after the fire, it is important to know the smell of smoke in your properties presents no serious threat to health.”

What to do when it’s smoky outside

If you see or smell smoke outside, you should stay inside if it’s safe to do so.

Remember to:

  • Keep your windows and doors shut

  • Switch your air conditioning to ‘recirculate’

  • Air out your house when the smoke clears

  • Look out for children, older people, and others at risk

  • Keep pets inside with clean water and food. Keep pets’ bedding inside if possible.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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