The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, is advising persons living downwind from the landfill fire, to close windows and doors, especially persons who have a respiratory challenge. This action should also be taken in the future.
For persons who suffer from asthma, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory challenges, to close their windows and doors until the fumes clear.
Individuals who do not have respiratory issues but are residing downwind should also close their windows and doors if irritated by the smell from the fire.
Minister of Public Health Emil Lee commented, “The ministry is very much aware of the potentially negative impact that chemicals released into the air by the fire at the dump can have on the health of the population.
“We advise the population to exercise caution when downwind of the fumes from the fire, and this also applies for future fire events at the landfill.”
For information you can call CPS 542-2078 or 542-3003.