Dust prompts health alert

Friday, 3 January 2020

There is likely to be reduced air quality in parts of South Australia over the next twenty four hours, due to smoke from Kangaroo Island bushfires and windy and dusty conditions in the far north of the state.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Chief Public Health Officer, Associate Professor Nicola Spurrier, is recommending people with chest or heart conditions stay indoors when smoke or dust is present and follow their personal health management plans. 

“We know that exposure to high levels of smoke and dust can aggravate conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases,” Assoc. Prof Nicola Spurrier said.

“We also know that high levels of dust can be associated with an increased risk of cardiac events such as heart attacks.

“With the predicted cool change expected to blow dust and smoke across parts of our state, including metropolitan Adelaide later tonight, we are encouraging people to take the necessary precautions against the negative effects of smoke and dust.

“We advise people with health concerns to avoid exposure to dust, stay indoors, and keep their doors and windows closed. People with asthma should have an asthma action plan and carry their reliever medication at all times, even when they are feeling well. 

“We appreciate that many people will want to open their doors and windows to help cool down their homes but we recommend keeping doors and windows shut while there are still high levels of smoke and dust in the air.”

Anyone requiring urgent medical attention is encouraged to ring Triple Zero (000). For more information, visit here.