Bushfires have generated smoke haze over Melbourne on 3 January 20201

EPA air quality notice for Victoria

January 15, 2020

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Due to smoke haze from the ongoing bushfires, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has indicated that today’s air quality across Victoria is very poor to hazardous.  Advice on current air quality is on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

A reminder that during these types of air quality conditions people should minimise the time spent in smoky conditions whenever practical to do so. If your maximum visibility is 1.5 kilometres or less, your air quality is in the hazardous level, and you need to limit your time outdoors, limit exercise and follow any treatment plans. 

 If you are feeling unwell:

  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

Smoke and your health:

  • Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke. You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
  • If you are sensitive to smoke you should limit prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.
  • If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.
  • For more information about smoke and your health visit the EPA website.

This message was issued by EPA.

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