Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has set up mobile air quality monitoring stations at Pakenham and Drouin.
The mobile units are now giving the public access to live air quality data online, covering populated areas that may be affected by smoke from the major bushfire burning in Bunyip State Park.
EPA’s State Agency Commander dispatched the mobile units this afternoon to provide detailed monitoring in the area between EPA’s permanent air quality monitoring stations in the Latrobe Valley and the metropolitan area.
By visiting EPA’s AirWatch website, residents can see a live stream of the air quality data used by the emergency services to decide which areas should receive air quality warnings and the level of health advice to the public.
To see hour by hour readings from EPA’s air quality monitoring network, visit AirWatch at: www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/epa-airwatch
SMOKE CAN AFFECT PEOPLE’S HEALTH
People over 65, children 14 years and younger, pregnant women and those with existing heart or lung conditions should reduce prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible, these people should also limit the time spent outdoors.
Anyone with a heart or lung condition should take their medication as prescribed by their doctor.
People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan.
If you need medical advice for exposure to smoke, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606