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Bushfire season preparations call for smoke haze health awareness

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Gold Coast residents are being urged to take health precautions in response to planned burns in the affected areas http://bit.ly/2bhbNWm

The planned burns are part of City of Gold Coast’s hazard reduction in preparation for the bushfire season (September - December).

Residents living in regions affected by the hazard reduction program are advise to take the following precautions during planned burns:

  • Limit your physical activity and if you feel symptoms related to the smoke haze, stay inside with doors and windows closed.
  • People with pre-existing asthma or other severe respiratory disease or heart disease may feel the effects of smoke and should limit exertion and consider staying indoors.
  • Limit the outdoor activity of children as they are more likely to be affected through long hours spent outside.
  • Observe the elderly and pregnant women, as they may be more susceptible to smoke effects.
  • Have relevant medication at hand and if you experience symptoms contact your own doctor or 13-HEALTH.
  • Keep cool but do not use an air-conditioner unless the fresh-air intake can be turned off.
  • Be aware of heat stress, and drink plenty of fluids but not alcohol.
  • Do not vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles
  • Do not smoke or burn anything, such as candles or incense, anywhere in the house
  • Do not use household products that can increase indoor chemical pollution. These include air purifying oils/scents or sprays, cleaning sprays, pesticides and perfumes.
  • Look out for elderly neighbours or other people at risk.

For real-time official emergency information including closure of roads during a serious weather event or natural disaster, visit the Queensland Government's qldalert.com and 13 19 40 Traffic and Travel information websites.


Last updated 20 Dec 2016