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After hazard reduction burns around the Sydney basin in areas including Waterfall and Hornsby have caused air quality issues, further burns today near Newcastle and the Blue Mountains are expected to cause some of us potential health issues.

NSW Health is urging people, especially those with respiratory conditions such as asthma, to limit their time spent outside.

Director of Environmental Health Dr Ben Scalley said people with asthma and other lung conditions should not engage in vigorous exercise and stay in air-conditioned premises where filtration systems can help to reduce smoke particles in the air.

“Symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people with the chronic respiratory conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs,” Dr Scalley said.

It’s not just those of us with breathing problems this could impact either …

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“Healthy adults may also feel the effects of fine particles that can irritate the lungs, so it’s wise to reschedule or cut back on prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities when smoke levels are high.”

So while the sunrises and sunsets we’ve seen are spectacular, make sure to take care for the next few days.