Public Health England Proactive Media Statement Saddleworth Moor Fire
Media statement issues by Public Health England – 28 June 2018
Dr William Welfare, Consultant in Health Protection, said: “Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information. Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed and switch air conditioning systems to recycle or recirculate air. If people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.
“Smoke can irritate air passages, the skin and the eyes leading to coughing and wheezing, breathlessness and chest pain. It can also worsen existing problems such as asthma and people with asthma should carry their inhaler with them at all times. Anyone concerned about their symptoms should contact their GP or NHS 111.”
PHE appreciates the hot weather is having a combined effect and also recommends that people in affected areas:
- draw curtains to limit direct sunlight heating-up internal surfaces in the home
- use fans to recirculate air within the house to help keep cool
- wear lighter clothing
- keep hydrated with cool drinks
- limit activities that might contribute to emissions within the home such as cooking
- set any air conditioning to recirculate mode
- limit the time you spend outdoors and avoiding strenuous physical activity.
- once the smoke has moved away, consider opening doors and windows to allow the house to cool down.