Remondis Waste Facility, Carr Lane Prescot

A fire started at Remondis waste facility, Carr lane Prescot early Sunday am. Smoke was seen for some distance away and there are still some small fires on site. Public Health England North West have provided the following information and advice, which you may already be aware of:

Is the waste being pumped into the air hazardous?

Any smoke can be an irritant. Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. People are advised to avoid outside areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

Public Health England’s advice remains that local residents should:
Minimise contact with smoke.
If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS 111. Chemicals in the smoke can also worsen existing health problems like asthma. People with asthma should carry their inhaler.
When driving through any smoke, close windows and air vent, use your headlights, slow down, and drive with care.
Once smoke has cleared outside your home open doors and windows to ventilate the building.

What are the guidelines for people living in the area now?

Public Health England’s recommendations are that:
Doors and windows in the local area should be kept shut while smoke is present.
Local people should minimise contact with smoke, and avoid prolonged spells outdoors when smoke is present.
Anyone with asthma should use their inhalers and/or relevant other medication.
Call NHS111 for advice or medical problems.

Are there concerns over air quality?

Merseyside Fire and Rescue have made substantial progress in controlling the fire, and the smoke is improving. It is likely that the situation will continue to improve.
Because of the transient nature of the smoke, we anticipate that there will be no long term impacts on air quality.