HAWKESBURY residents are being urged to take precautions as a result of poor air quality caused by bushfires burning in the area.
It is expected that the current smoke levels could persist over the next few days and may worsen.
Dr Brad Forssman, director of Public Health, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, advises that small children, the elderly and people that have heart or lung disease including asthma are most susceptible to experiencing health effects from air pollution.
He recommends the following tips:
• Try to close up your house and stay indoors
• Avoid vigorous exercise when air pollution levels are high
• If possible, stay in an air-conditioned building
• Cover your mouth and nose with a mask designed to filter fine particles
• Seek medical attention if you experience shortness of breath or chest pain that doesn’t respond to rest or your usual treatment.
More than 730 homes in Sydney's west are without power.
Endeavour Energy said power would be restored to 500 homes around Londonderry and Cranebook on Tuesday night however burnt infrastructure at Winmalee means that about 230 homes in that area will remain without electricity overnight.