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KFRS Westwood Cross Fire Health Advice

ADVICE TO NEIGHBOURS IN AREA OF WESTWOOD FIRE

 

As you know Kent Fire and Rescue firefighters have been dealing with a large fire in an industrial unit in Enterprise Way, Westwood, Margate since Saturday morning.

Originally fourteen fire engines along with specialist equipment were dealing with the fire. They worked overnight, and by Sunday they had surrounded the fire and had five crews at the scene. They are removing the tightly packed bales from inside the premises so they can soak them to ensure the fire is completely brought under control.

 

There will continue to be smoke in the area and residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed.


We appreciate that road closures and emergency service vehicles moving around, will have caused some disruption in the area and we want to thank the public for their patience and appreciation for the work of the firefighters during this incident.

You can find regular updates on our website www.kent.fire-uk.org and you can sign up to email alerts

Advice from Public Health England in areas affected by smoke is that residents should stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed

 

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 nose, throat and lungs, the skin and the eyes. Symptoms may include coughing and wheezing, sore throat, feeling short of breath, runny nose or eyes or chest pain. In general, exposure to smoke is more likely to affect people who have existing breathing problems, lung or heart conditions.
  • People who are generally fit and well are unlikely to experience long-term health problems from temporary exposure to smoke from a fire.
  • The very young and very old, smokers and people with flu or flu-like illnesses may also be at greater risk after exposure to smoke from fires.
  • To minimise your exposure, limit the amount of time you spend outside in the smoke. People with asthma who may be in the vicinity of the fire should carry their inhaler.
  • If symptoms persist seek medical advice by calling NHS 111 or by contacting your General Practitioner (GP). If a medical consultant is already treating an existing health condition, discuss your concerns and symptoms with them. In the case of an emergency call 999.

 
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