Canberrans have woken up to some reprieve from the heat this morning, but with the smoke haze still around, our health advice on smoke remains the same.
During periods of heavy smoke haze, all Canberrans are advised to avoid physical activity outside.
People who are sensitive to smoke, especially those with pre-existing heart and lung conditions, should take extra care and stay indoors where possible and take medication prescribed by their doctor. People with asthma should follow their asthma action plan.
People who are sensitive to smoke and air pollution includes:
• people with heart or lung conditions (including asthma)
• children aged less than 14 years
• pregnant women, and
• people over 65 years of age.
Anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice from their doctor. And anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness or difficulty breathing should seek urgent medical attention and in the event of a medical emergency call triple-zero (000).
Where can I find further information?
For further information on minimising the health impacts of outdoor smoke, refer to our factsheet.
The ACT Health Directorate is continuing to monitor the air quality in the ACT and will advise the public of additional public health advice when needed and as information becomes available. For those interested in monitoring the levels of smoke in the air (PM2.5), see our Health advice for smoky air page.
At this time, the smoky air conditions are expected to continue to impact the ACT while the NSW bushfires are burning, with dense smoke impacting parts of our region. For further information on weather conditions, visit: www.bom.gov.au