Dangerous levels of smoke as bushfires rage nearby.
Dangerous levels of smoke as bushfires rage nearby. Tessa Flemming

Medical expert warns of dangers from bushfire smoke

AS bushfires continue to burn out of control across NSW and Queensland, people are being reminded to protect themselves from the dangerously high levels of smoke that will continue to impact air quality in coming days.

NSW Health Director of Environmental Health Dr Richard Broome said people with conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina were more likely to be sensitive to the effects of smoke.

"Smoke from bushfires can be quite unpredictable, but we're expecting poor air quality in a number of places into next week,” Dr Broome said.

For most people, Dr Broome said smoke would likely be no more than an irritation, but he said people with existing heart and lung conditions should avoid outdoor physical activity during these conditions.

In particular, asthma sufferers are advised to follow their action plans and have relieving medication with them at all times.

For detailed advice on dealing with the dangers of bushfire smoke, visit the NSW Government website.

Firefighters are battling to contain more than 60 bushfires still raging across New South Wales and Queensland before "catastrophic" weather conditions hit tomorrow.

Three people have died and 200 homes and sheds have been lost to the fires so far. Forty blazes remain out of control and a total fire ban is in effect.

Experts are warning the worst is yet to come, with high winds, dry air and temperatures in the high thirties forecast to combine dangerously on Tuesday.

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