Canterbury DHB’s Community and Public Health unit has issued a public health warning for smoke from the fire located in Clifton on the Port Hills.
Air around this location 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.
Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says 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, and reduce outdoor exercise.
“Anyone experiencing health issues from the Port Hills fire should phone their usual general practice team in the first instance,” Dr Brunton says.
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.
- 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.