Monday, 8 December 2014

Advice for Newhaven residents remains the same as operation progresses

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to make progress at the Newhaven fire.

Excavators are being used to move waste so firefighters can douse it in water.  This may occasionally cause further smoke in the area however crews on the ground report that smoke is dispersing.

Around 200 tonnes of compacted and baled waste caught alight on Friday 5 December 2014.

The operators have informed East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service that no hazardous materials, such as tyres or asbestos, are involved.

The waste was due to be exported to Germany to be burnt in incinerators there.

Health advice
The smoke plume is being monitored and health advice for people living or working in the area remains the same.

A Public Health England spokesman said any smoke could be an irritant: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.  Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.

“Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111. Smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma."

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