Bushfire smoke health advisory
6 January 2020
Information from the Queensland Rural Fire Service indicates that there are active bushfires in parts of Queensland. The air quality in these parts may be impacted by smoke from the bushfires. Parts of south east Queensland may also be impacted by smoke from bushfires in NSW.
Bushfire activity in Queensland can be monitored on the Rural Fire Service website.
In areas where bushfires are burning and affected by smoke it is important that vulnerable groups (children, elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic disease including those with respiratory issues) continue taking precautions to protect their health.
Protecting your health
People should always be aware of the local conditions and any localised smoke sources that may still adversely affect their health. If there are fires or other smoke sources in your local area, take reasonable precautions to minimise any potential exposure.
If you have a medical condition, make sure that people close to you such as family members, neighbours or friends are aware of your condition and are available to help if you require any additional assistance.
If you are experiencing any adverse reactions to any localised dust or smoke, such as shortness of breath, prolonged coughing or wheezing, please ensure you seek medical advice.
Bushfire smoke - what is it?
Bushfire smoke is a mixture of different-sized particles, water vapour and gases, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. During bushfires and similar events, large amounts of finer particles are released that are small enough to breathe deep into the lungs and can cause adverse health effects.