Friday, July 09, 2010

Important information

This has been sent out early this evening about the aftermath of the Albert Hill fire;

Info in relation to fire at Albert Hill Skip Hire, Darlington.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service are continuing to deal with an incident at Dodsworth Street, Darlington. We understand that the Fire and Rescue Service are attempting to deal with this fire as quickly as possible by spreading the waste out, which may lead to more smoke, but that this process should reduce the length of time it takes for the fire to be safely put out.

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 and to limit the time that they spend in it. If indoors, to keep doors and windows closed wherever possible.

Any chemicals contained within the smoke may worsen existing health problems so people that have respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma may notice these effects more than others and should ensure that they have any inhalers or other medication they use with them.

Some of the substances present in smoke in general can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms can include coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

I'm now out of the area on holiday, but you can contact me if there are further issues arising from this if you are being affected by the smoke. Otherwise, contact my ward colleagues David Lyonette on 464693 or Andy Scott of 253707.
Cllr Nick Wallis
Cabinet Member Sustainable Environment and Climate Change
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