People might like to comment on the following announcement from the Tasmania Fire Service:
UNION STREET, LONGFORD, Tasmania, Australia.
Current from: 15/02/2012 08:37 AM until: further notice
A fire has occurred overnight in a tyre depot at Longford, and may continue for several days.
Overnight most smoke has risen vertically upwards and smoke impacts have been minimal to date, however a fallout of small sticky black particles from the smoke plume of the fire has been deposited in the vicinity. These particles are too large to be inhaled into the lungs (but may cause temporary nose or throat irritation).
Due to the temporary nature of this incident and based on environmental health information from tyre fires elsewhere there is no indication that any long-term health effects are likely. The Environment Protection Authority will be monitoring air quality today and this information will help assess the need for any further advice.
The Tasmanian Fire Service, Northern Midlands Council, State Emergency Service, Police, Public & Environmental Health Service and EPA are all working together to minimise any impacts on residents and I am grateful for their support in issuing this letter.
What to do:
As the wind increases during the day more areas of the town and surrounds may be directly affected by smoke. Residents in these areas are advised to stay indoors with closed doors, vents and windows (and switch any air conditioners to re-circulate, if in use) to reduce exposure and avoid the possible effect of irritation from the smoke.
People at greater risk of health effects from exposure to smoke from fires such as this include those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, children and the elderly. If people with asthma or other lung conditions are experiencing increased symptoms, consider relocating elsewhere until conditions improve. It is also recommended to follow asthma management plans and ensure a supply of medications is available.
Residents are advised not to consume any home-grown vegetable produce that is visibly contaminated, and to wash all produce thoroughly before consuming.
The town reticulated drinking water supply is safe to drink. Those with rainwater tanks will be safely able to consume the water that is currently in the tank. A first flush deflection device is helpful in avoiding run-off from the roof with any subsequent rains. Others without such devices may need to seek further advice from the local Council on how to keep your rainwater safe. Non-residents should stay away from the affected areas.
If you need medical advice contact your family doctor or if you require more public health information call 1800 671 738.