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Health advice after fire at Bromley wastewater treatment plant

Wednesday, November 3, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: advice, public health

Canterbury DHB media release: 2nd November 2021

Community and Public Health has some practical advice for the Canterbury community following the fire at the wastewater treatment plant in Bromley, Christchurch.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says while there is no longer a significant amount of smoke in the air around this location, the strong smell created by the fire may persist for some time.

“Anyone experiencing any persistent health issues from the fire should contact their general practice team for advice, in the first instance,” says Dr Brunton.

Community and Public Health’s other advice is as follows...

Food safety

  • Wash home-grown fruits and vegetables before consumption.

Outside surfaces

  • You may wish to hose down your roof, outside walls, decks, paths, and driveway - if soot from the fire reached your home.
  • Any large pieces of debris can be picked up using gloves. Please ensure the debris is cool and if in doubt soak in water before disposing of it in your red bin.

Internal surfaces

  • Any visible soot or dust - such as on windowsills - can be wiped down using a damp cloth. Use a mop with a mild soap or detergent for hard surfaces.
  • Soft furnishing can be cleaned using a vacuum cleaner - preferably with a HEPA filter.


  • Clothes on the washing line that have been exposed to smoke and soot should be put through a rinse cycle and then washed again as usual. Wash any other items that smell of smoke or soot.


  • Wash your pet and pet bedding if they were exposed to smoke and soot.