Protect yourself against the effects from bushfire smoke

by Jan 16, 2020

Bushfires are creating smoky conditions across much of Victoria, creating smoky conditions in Melbourne that may continue for some time.

Exposure to smoke can affect you and your family’s health and it is important for everyone to reduce exposure

People with asthma, heart disease, lung diseases (asthma & emphysema), children, pregnant women and the elderly are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in bushfire smoke.

There are some simple steps you can take to avoid smoke and protect your health:

  • If you are not under threat from a fire, avoid breathing smoke by staying indoors with windows and doors closed
  • Use air purifiers and face masks to reduce exposure to smoke
  • Avoid vigorous outdoor activity
  • People with pre-existing heart or lung conditions should take their medication and follow their treatment plan
  • If you have an air conditioner, switch it to ‘recirculate’ or ‘re-use’ to keep air inside your home as healthy as possible
  • Avoid activities that affect indoor air quality such as burning cigarettes, candles or vacuuming
  • If your home is uncomfortable, visit a friend or an air-conditioned centre like a library, shopping centre or cinema
  • If there’s a break from smoke, open your windows and doors to get rid of any smoke inside the house
  • Look out for children, the elderly and other people at risk

If you or someone you know is experiencing any symptoms due to smoke exposure, please call the clinic to an make an appointment to see your doctor.

Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficult breathing should call 000.

For more information and advice about air quality visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/for-community/airwatch