Bushfire Smoke Health Advice

Current bushfire conditions have resulted in very poor air quality. Queensland Health recommends that affected communities take the following actions.

Protecting your health

  • The community is advised to remain indoors and close all windows and doors and operate air-conditioners if available.
  • All air conditioners should be switched to ‘recycle’ or ‘recirculate’ mode.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, take steps to reduce heat stress, especially for the very young, people who are unwell, or the elderly.
  • People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke. 
  • People with asthma should follow their personal asthma plan.
  • Anyone with a heart or lung condition should follow the treatment plan advised by their doctor and keep at least five days’ supply of medication on hand.
  • Avoid physical activity outdoors this includes outdoor workplace activities (exertion allows more fine particles to be breathed deeper into the lungs).
  • Schools and childcare centres should cease outdoor activities and children should stay indoors in areas with air-conditioning and/or ceiling fans.
  • It is recommended that organisers of outdoor events should consider postponing the event until air quality improves.
  • Assist your vulnerable family members, neighbours and friends. It is important to identify locations that have cleaner, filtered air-conditioned spaces (e.g. shopping centres, community centres, libraries etc).
  • If there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to air out your home to improve indoor air quality.
  • When indoors, minimise other sources of air pollution, such as cigarette smoke, burning candles, using unflued gas appliances including gas stoves, or stirring up fine dust from sweeping or vacuuming.
  • It is important to also stay hydrated by drinking water.
  • Stay up to date with local news reports.

More information

  • Contact your doctor, hospital or health clinic
  • Call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) at any time
  • Contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for your nearest public health unit
  • Visit qld.gov.au

*This information shared on advice from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland