Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has the following advice for the public following the outbreak of a fire this afternoon at a Papakura car yard.
The Parker Street fire is generating a large volume of black smoke and is being attended by Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ).
The range of materials involved in the fire is not yet clear, however it is expected that scrap metal, car parts, tyres, plastics, petrol, oil and other possible pollutants may be involved.
ARPHS is advising the public in the surrounding areas to stay away from the site of the fire, and to take precautionary measures to avoid breathing in the smoke.
Households near the affected area, particularly those downwind of the fire, should close windows and doors, and shut off ventilation systems. Anyone who remains in the vicinity of the fire is advised to keep out of the smoke.
People who smoke, the elderly, children, and those with heart disease, asthma or other lung conditions are at greatest risk of harm from smoke inhalation and should avoid exposure.
If you experience any acute effects from the fire, such as difficulties breathing, wheezing, coughing or chest pain, then you should seek assistance from your usual, or after hours, health care provider. You can also free phone Healthline on 0800 611 116. Healthline is a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available.
In healthy people exposed to smoke, most symptoms disappear soon after their exposure ends and they experience no long-term health problems.
ARPHS is working closely with FENZ and Council to understand more about the fire, and will provide any updates that may be required as we learn more.