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Smoke haze health warning

4 May 2018

Smoke haze from prescribed burns is currently affecting the Perth metropolitan area. It is important for some people – particularly the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory and heart conditions – to take precautions to avoid exposure to this smoke.

Prescribed burning in Perth hills
Source: Parks and Wildlife Services

The risks and short-term health effects from exposure to smoke haze can be reduced by taking some simple precautions, for example:

  • switch off air conditioners that do not allow the fresh air intake to be turned off
  • shut doors and windows
  • stay inside if possible – particularly people with asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • be alert to heat stress; drink plenty of fluids of any kind except for alcoholic drinks
  • people with asthma and pre-existing respiratory, cardiovascular illnesses or diabetes should be vigilant and follow their pre-prepared action/treatment plan
  • limit or forego outdoors exercise
  • seek refuge from the smoke in air-conditioned public buildings or shopping malls
  • look out for elderly neighbours or other people at risk.

Anyone experiencing adverse health effects from the smoke should consult their medical practitioner about the appropriate management of their health condition.