Volcanic Ash is not a threat to camping
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As the weather warms up and peoples thought are turning to camping, a concern has been raised over the health issue the volcanic ash may pose.

The Health protection Agency has said that it is unlikely to cause any health risk, but those with conditions such as asthma should make sure they carry their inhalers with them

The HPA said: "It is important to stress that the concentration of particles which may reach ground level is likely to be low and should not cause serious harm. If people are outside this evening and notice symptoms such as itchy or irritated eyes, runny nose, sore throat or dry cough, or if they notice a dusty haze in the air or can smell sulphur, rotten eggs, or a strong acidic smell, they may wish to limit their activities outdoors or return indoors.

"Those with existing respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma may notice these effects more than others and should ensure they have any inhalers or other medications with them"

So there seems no reason to postpone or cancel your camping trip, in fact one positive thing to come out of this volcano is the spectacular sunsets that are occurring around the UK and there is no better way of seeing one than from your tent, sitting in the great outdoors.

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