Smoke can trigger asthma
Smoke from the current prescribed burns can irritate airways and worsen asthma
symptoms. The Asthma Foundation WA (AFWA) is providing advice for people with
asthma to stay safe during the smoke haze.
AFWA Executive Director Tony Carter advised;
‘Bushfire smoke contains harmful
gases and fine particles that irritate sensitive airways in people with asthma and can
cause an asthma flare-up.We are urging people with asthma to follow these simple
steps below to minimise the effects of smoke, in particular the elderly and young
• Where possible stay indoors, close all windows and doors, block or seal all air
vents and use a filtered air conditioner to circulate air.
• If you cannot control or prevent smoke or particles entering your home,
consider staying at a friends or visiting an air-conditioned shopping centre or
premise where you will be exposed to less smoke.
• If you are driving, place your car air conditioner on ‘recycle’ to minimise
smoke entering your car.
• Avoid doing physical activity outdoors while smoke is around.
• Continue using your asthma preventer medication as prescribed by your
• Be alert for asthma symptoms – difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and
• Always have your asthma reliever medication (blue/grey puffer) with you, and
use it as soon as you get symptoms to prevent them from getting worse. If
available, use a spacer as it helps get more medication into your lungs.
• If your asthma reliever medication isn’t working, seek urgent medical advice.
For more information about bushfire smoke and asthma please visit:
Learn more about managing your asthma by speaking to an AFWA Asthma Educator
via phone 1800 ASTHMA or email firstname.lastname@example.org.