Smoke alert

Smoke from bushfires reduces air quality and can be a health risk, especially for vulnerable people such as the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.

With smoke alerts in place for the Derwent Valley, Greater Hobart, Huon Valley, D'Entrecasteaux Channel regions, it is important people are aware of how to stay safe.

How smoke affects you depends on your age, medical conditions (such as heart or lung disease), and how long you are exposed to the smoke.

People in smoke affected areas should:

  • Stay indoors with windows and doors closed where possible.
  • Follow your asthma action plan, or your plan for managing flare-ups of other health conditions.
  • Switch air conditioners to ‘recycle’ or ‘recirculate’.
  • Consider visiting a friend’s place, the library, shopping centre or sports centre if your home gets too hot for comfort or a lot of smoke gets in.
  • Avoid physical activity outdoors.
  • Get immediate medical advice or care if your symptoms get worse, .

For more tips visit www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/alerts/air/bushfire_smoke

Monitor air quality in your area at www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/alerts/air