Simple ways to avoid smoke

There are 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 inside with the windows and doors closed

• Reduce physical activity

• People with pre-existing heart or lung conditions, including asthmatics, should take their medication, follow their treatment plan and seek immediate medical advice if symptoms such
as breathing issues, wheezing or tightness in the chest persist

• Keep the air inside your home as healthy as possible. If you have an air conditioner, switch it to ‘recirculate’ or ‘re-use’ and reduce activities that affect indoor air quality, like smoking cigarettes, burning candles or vacuuming

• If your home is uncomfortable, take a break by visiting a friend or relative away from the smoke or visit an air-conditioned centre, like a library, shopping centre or cinema. Check that it’s safe to go elsewhere before leaving

• When there’s a break in the smoke, open your windows and doors to get rid of any smoke inside the house

• Look out for kids, older people, and other people at risk

• If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24

• Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call 000

Follow the Environment Protection Authority Victoria for updates.

Learn more: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/c…/smoke-and-your-health

#VicFires #NSWfires #AirQuality

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