Sydney smoke: Air quality 10 times hazardous levels

Health Precautions:

  • Residents are advised to stay indoors, with windows and doors closed, or stay in airconditioned premises, if possible.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise, especially if you have asthma or a lung condition.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask designed to filter fine particles. Use a mask rated either P1 or P2. These are available from hardware stores.
  • P2 masks are more effective in blocking the finest particles, however any mask has to be worn correctly over the nose and mouth to protect you.
  • Air purifiers with a high efficiency particle air (HEPA) filter are able to reduce the number of fine particles indoors. To work well, the air purifier must be matched to the size of the room it is in and the room must be well sealed.

Humidifiers, negative ion generators and odour absorbers do not remove fine particles in bushfire smoke.

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