Victorian authorities have now announced the first Code Red fire alert in 10 years, South Australia is on high alert for potentially hazardous wind changes and are currently coping with uncontrolled blazes, homes have now been lost in Queensland and NSW fire authorities are now treating around 16 out of 50 bushfires as 'suspicious'. Tasmania is also preparing for the state's most dangerous fire conditions this bushfire season, with dry winds and hot temperatures predicted.
For those who aren't in immediate danger of bushfire, but are suffering from poor air quality conditions, we've pulled together some health tips, based on recommendations from NSW Health.
Health tips for coping with smoke haze
- People who suffer from asthma or other breathing issues should stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities – seek medical advice as needed
- Keep windows and doors closed, or stay in air-conditioned areas
- Avoid vigorous exercise
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask designed to filter fine particles – must be rated P1 or P2 and are available from hardware stores
- Postpone outdoor events
- Take advantage of smoke-free breaks in the environment to air out your home, but close up when smoke reoccurs
- If shortness of breath or coughing develops – seek medical advice or use a reliever