7am update: School is open but the wind direction is sending the smoke plume across Margate/school. If your child is asthmatic, vulnerable to chest infections etc you may want to consider remaining at home which will be authorised today. Doors/windows will be kept shut and it will be hot in school.
Update from Kent Fire & Rescue:
Firefighters are expected to remain on the scene of the industrial unit fire in Westwood, Margate for several days to come, while they continue to dampen down the baled waste that is alight. It is normal for this type of burning material to take some time to fully extinguish.
During the day time between 9am and 6pm, seven fire engines will be assigned to the scene with crews working to extinguish the fire and move the waste. Between 6pm and 9am, two fire engines will remain on site to provide a watching brief. No firefighting operations will take place overnight due to lack of light and to ensure the safety of crews.
Smoke will remain in the area for some days to come, and the advice for people living and working nearby to keep windows and doors closed, remains in place.
• Star Lane is closed at the junction of Star Lane Link road – this is likely to remain in place for at least two days.
• Nash Road is closed at the roundabout junction of Star Lane, and is access only for residents of Wherry Close from the roundabout. All other residents will have access from the other end of Nash Lane (junction with Empire Terrace) – this will remain in place for at least two days.
Advice from Public Health England
• People living and working in areas affected by smoke 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.