Health alert: bushfires and smoke

image of two firefighters in a bushfire

Many parts of Australia remain under threat from bushfires.

If you are in an area affected by bushfires, please listen to the instructions given by emergency services personnel.

Important messages are often played on your local ABC radio.

If you need emergency assistance, ring triple zero (000).

How can bushfire smoke affect your health?

Smoke contains fine particles that can affect your health.

For most people, smoke causes mild symptoms like sore eyes, nose and throat.

However, it can be more dangerous for people with existing lung and heart conditions like asthma, emphysema and angina.

The best way to reduce exposure to smoke is to stay indoors with the doors and windows shut.

Air conditioning can also help to filter particles from indoor air.

People with these conditions should avoid outdoor physical activity when there’s smoke


If you have asthma, you should follow your Asthma Action Plan and keep your asthma

medication with you.

General health information

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