Sunday, 7 December 2014

Operation at Newhaven to continue throughout night

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will stay at the scene of the fire at Newhaven for another night.

The Service says around 200 tonnes of compacted household waste is involved at the Skip It Containers site.

It is stacked high and will take time to deal with. Firefighters are having to carefully remove waste and minimise any potential for the fire to flare up again.

Additionally, crews are taking care to ensure they reduce the chances of water pollution through water running off the site.

Firefighters have been on site in North Quay Road since 10.30 am on Friday 5 December 2014 and smoke has been affecting the local area.

A Public Health England spokesman said any smoke could be an irritant: “Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.  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 or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

“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 air passages, the skin and the eyes. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111. 
Smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma."

An investigation into the fire will take place.

Business safety and waste management advice

Business have to meet legal requirements on fire safety measures. Information and advice for businesses can be found here: http://www.esfrs.org/businessSafety/

Additional guidance for waste management sites can be found here:

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