Further air quality warning


Public health authorities are again advising people with lung or heart conditions to take precautions while the smoke haze from bushfires hangs over parts of Tasmania.

State Manager Environmental Health Services Stuart Heggie said heavy smoke may again affect the greater Hobart area depending on the prevailing wind direction.

Other Tasmanian fires may result in smoke posing a risk to people elsewhere in the state.

"Smoke levels such as those in Hobart on Saturday evening [February 9] may cause symptoms in some people - particles in the smoke may worsen symptoms of conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and heart disease," Mr Heggie said.

"Those most at risk from smoke are infants, people over 65 years and particularly those with lung or heart conditions."

Mr Heggie said when it is smoky, people with lung or heart conditions should:

           limit the time they spend outdoors breathing smoky air

           avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors

           stay indoors and close windows and doors, unless it becomes too hot indoors

           switch air conditioners to 'recycle' or 'recirculate', if possible

           take their regular medication, including asthma 'preventers'.

For more information about smoke levels in your area visit the Department of Health and Human Services smoke alert monitoring system at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air  

Current information about bushfires is available at http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/

For bushfire crisis and emergency help information visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/emergency_info


10 February 2013