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Bushfire and Smoke

If smoke is your trigger, it's important to keep up to date with hazard reduction burns and bushfire smoke which may affect your area.

Planned, controlled burns are important for safety in our community. They protect life, property and the environment by reducing the fuel levels (e.g. leaves, brush and small shrubs). However, smoke is a common trigger among people with respiratory conditions like asthma.

For information about planned burn offs and bushfires visit your local fire service page below:

ACT Parks and Conservation Service

https://www.environment.act.gov.au/ACT-parks-conservation/bushfire_management/prescribed-burns

Queensland Rural Fire Service

https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx  

NSW Rural Fire Service

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/

Download the App: Fires Near Me NSW to receive live notifications

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/news-and-media/stay-up-to-date

Country Fire Authority Victoria

https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions

VIC Emergency

http://www.emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

Country Fire Authority South Australia

https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp

Tasmania Fire Service

https://www.fire.tas.gov.au/

Tasmania Smoke & Air Quality Alerts

https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/alerts/air

https://epa.tas.gov.au/epa/air/monitoring-air-pollution/real-time-air-quality-data-for-tasmania

Tasmania & ACT Air Quality, Smoke & Pollen Service

https://airrater.org/

WA Emergency

https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

NT Fire and Rescue Service

https://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/Fire-and-Rescue.aspx

Key tips to minimise the effects of bushfire smoke:

1. Know your risks

Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions including asthma, are the first to feel the effects of smoke and particle pollution and need to take extra care. If you have asthma, or if you are responsible for a child or elderly person with asthma, be aware of the risk and be prepared.

2. Stay on top of your asthma management

The risk of an asthma flare-up after exposure to smoke may be reduced by maintaining good asthma control. Find out more about your current asthma control with the Asthma Control Test or call the free 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 ASTHMA 278 462) for personalised information and support.

Symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people need to be aware of any signs or symptoms of their asthma worsening and follow their asthma action plan

3. Be Prepared

Make sure you have access to blue reliever medication and continue to use your preventer medication as well.

Inform others around you that you experience asthma, and where they can access your blue reliever medication, written Asthma Action Plan or the Asthma First Aid plan.

Ensure you have a fire plan in place.

4. Avoid Smoke

  • When smoke is in the air, but a fire is not directly threatening you, stay indoors and close all windows and doors.
  • Avoid doing any physical activity outdoors.

5. Take Action

  • If you develop symptoms such as coughing or wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath, follow your written Asthma Action Plan or commence Asthma First Aid.
  • If your reliever medication isn’t reducing your asthma symptoms, call the ambulance and continue with the Asthma First Aid process until the ambulance arrives.  

For further information about managing your asthma contact the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462).

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