If more ash falls to the ground, it could cause some health problems, but these are likely to be minor. Read on for more information about the health risks and how you can protect yourself.
How will I know if there's ash in the air?According to the government's website, the ash could cause:
- itchy or irritated eyes
- a runny nose
- a sore throat
- a dusty haze in the air
- a smell of sulphur, rotten eggs or an acidic smell
Who could be affected by the ash?Experts have stressed that the falling ash is not a serious health risk. Only very small ash particles are likely to reach ground level and this shouldn't cause serious health problems.
However, for some people with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis, the ash could trigger their symptoms.
What can I do to protect myself?
If you suffer from a respiratory illness such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema, you should carry your inhaler or medication with you at all times, as a precaution. The WHO are also advising that you avoid strenuous exercise when there is high air pollution if you have one of the above conditions.
If you notice any of the symptoms above (such as irritated eyes or a sore throat), you might want to go inside.
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More help and informationAsthma UK
British Lung foundation