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How to Protect your Health from Bushfire Smoke?

Many Queenslanders have been experiencing bushfires and smoky conditions lately (Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Hinterland). The city of Los Angeles has also been facing the largest fire in the history of the city where hundreds of families had to be evacuated.

Our fire experts are taking this opportunity to remind everyone about the dangers and the precautions.

Bushfire & Toxic Smoke

People staying near a bushfire are highly exposed to smoke and should be evacuated if it becomes a threat. However, not only people living in the affected areas of a bushfire need to be mindful of the dangers. Living far away from an event such as a bushfire does not make people immune from the health impacts. If the incident is accompanied with strong winds, smoke can travel long distances and reach people kilometres away. More people can be touched by a bushfire than we think and will affect those with pre-existing heart and lung conditions as well as asthmatic.

Smoke & Your Health

Bushfire smoke consists of vapour, microscopic soot particles and toxic gases that can penetrate the lungs and irritate the respiratory system. It will affect you differently depending on your age, your existing medical conditions and the length of time spent near the hazard. Indeed, young children, the elderly and ill people are more sensitive and may suffer from symptoms such as chest pain and difficulty to breathe.

How Can You Reduce the Effects on Your Health?

Juvenaire has vast knowledge in fire and smoke contamination. Our team of fire experts have established a list of precautions to follow in order to reduce the impacts of the smoke on your health.

Stay indoors – It seems to be the best way to escape from the toxic smoke, making sure that all windows and doors are closed especially for anyone with existing medical health conditions. Everyone else should also minimise any prolonged physical activities outdoors.

Follow your medication and treatment – People with heart and lung conditions should follow their treatment meticulously and asthmatics should also take their medication. If the symptoms are getting worse, then we recommend you to seek medical assistance.

Set up air conditioning – To avoid the smoke to get in your house, we recommend to switch your air conditioning to “recycle” and add a filter if you have a chance.

Leave the smoky area – If the conditions are getting worse than expected and are affecting sensitive people in your family, you may want to consider leaving the area temporarily to stay with friends or relatives outside the affected zone.

In an emergency always call Triple Zero (000).

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