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Bushfire smoke alert

3 December 2019

Air quality in much of the south east corner of the state is currently being affected by smoke and dust. The smoke levels from localised fires may still vary across regions within Queensland, with areas in the vicinity of active bushfires reporting poorer air quality. The affected areas have air quality below that which is normally experienced.

In areas where fires continue to burn 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.

Rainwater tanks and bore water-holding tanks impacted by bushfires and other natural disasters are likely to contain harmful material. This is likely to mean the water stored in the affected tanks will not be suitable for normal use. For more information on how to restore rainwater tanks after a bushfire see Bushfire and roof-harvested rainwater (PDF 215 kB).

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. Always keep any medications you need close at hand.

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.

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Last updated: 4 December 2019