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Tips to minimize adverse health effects of smoke from Riverton City dump fire

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Shorn Hector/photographer Fire raging at the Riverton City Dump in St Andrew on Sunday night.

Managing Riverton smoke health risk

The Ministry of Health is advising members of the public to take precautions in light of the current fire at the Riverton City dump.

Persons are asked to avoid exposure to the smoke by doing the following:

ï Minimise all outdoor activities.

ï Persons living in and around the vicinity of the Riverton City dump should close windows and doors to prevent excessive exposure.

ï Persons who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses should cover mouth and nose with a clean, damp rag to protect themselves from inhalation of smoke and dust particles.

ï Keep children indoors as much as possible. Look out for any difficulty in breathing or any discomfort that your child may experience.

ï Persons with illnesses such as heart or lung conditions and other chronic diseases should continue to take medications as prescribed.

ï Anyone who is experiencing difficulty breathing, wheezing or tightness in the chest should seek urgent medical assistance.