Attention VMCH clients and residents
A smoke alert has been issued for Monday 6 January to Wednesday 8 January across the Central, North Central, Northern Country, North East and Gippsland Regions of Victoria.
People should limit the time spent working outdoors. If you need to be outside for prolonged periods, you should only do so with a P2 face mask (note – disposable face masks do not offer adequate protection).
What does it mean:
- You will see or smell smoke across parts of the State.
- Light winds are likely to mean that smoke continues to impact air quality.
- Smoke and dust may reduce driving visibility.
Smoke and your health:
- Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke. You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
- If you are sensitive to smoke you should limit prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.
- If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.
- If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.
- For more information about smoke and your health visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/smoke.
What you should do:
- Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
If you have concerns about your health or those around you, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.