The state's health department will be distributing P2 masks throughout the Murrumbidgee region in response to the health risks raised by smoke produced from bushfires across the state.
NSW Health will distribute P2 masks to hospitals, multipurpose services, recovery and evacuation centres and pharmacies in the Murrumbidgee.
A Murrumbidgee Local Health District spokesperson said the masks have been made available to all hospitals in the region and pharmacies in the region are due to receive the masks by Saturday, but transport times may vary as NSW Health works with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia to distribute the masks.
"These face masks may be helpful for people returning to their properties in burned areas or for people whose only option is to work outside," the MLHD spokesperson said.
"If people require a mask and the pharmacy does not have any, they can go to the hospital, which is open 7 days a week.
"Hospital staff will also advise on the correct way to fit the mask."
P2 masks are able to filter particles from the air and can reduce the amount of smoke inhaled when used and fitted correctly.
A MLHD spokesperson said people with pre-existing conditions should talk to a doctor before using a P2 mask.
"P2 masks can make it more difficult for people with a pre-existing heart and/or lung condition to breathe," the MLHD spokesperson said.
"Please ask when collecting if you are unsure how to fit it correctly.
"Where ever possible, people should avoid smoke by staying indoors with the windows and doors shut and minimise vigorous exercise outdoors."
A Yoogali resident recorded a reading of 537 micrograms of particles less than 2.5 micrograms in diameter per cubic metre before 6am on Tuesday, with a reading as of 10.50am on Friday sitting at 12 micrograms per cubic metre.
Data from the Victorian Environmental Protection Agency suggests air quality with a one-hour average of less than 27 micrograms per cubic metre will be 'good' air quality, while a one-hour average above 100 micrograms per cubic metre would fall under 'very poor' air quality readings.
Elsewhere in the region, Hay recorded a 'very unhealthy' Air Quality Index reading of 245 as of 8am on Friday, while Hillston recorded a 'hazardous' reading of 325.
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