People with respiratory conditions can have a great difficulty breathing in the summer, with the resurgence of bushfires in the season.
The Ambulance Service of NSW has released some tips – after a week where smoke covered much of Sydney – to help people with respiratory conditions during the fast-approaching summer.
Paramedics are urging people to be aware of smoke in the air – particularly the young, elderly and those with conditions such as asthma – as it is expected that there will be more back-burning taking place across the Sydney bushland.
The following precautions were issued to help minimise the effects of bushfire smoke: cover your nose and mouth with a mask designed to filter fine particles, close windows and stay indoors, try to stay in an air-conditioned house if possible, avoid vigorous exercise if you have existing respiratory or cardiac conditions and consider staying with someone who has clean air indoors.
You can also help to assist someone suffering from smoke inhalation by removing them from the smoky area, positioning the person upright, loosening clothing around the chest and neck and if there are no improvements calling triple zero for an ambulance.
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