Community information – Air Quality

Everyone should minimise the time spent in smoky conditions whenever practical to do so. 

If your maximum visibility is 1.5 kilometres or less, your air quality is in the hazardous level, and you need to limit your time outdoors, limit exercise and follow any treatment plans. 

What you should do:

  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

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

This message was issued by Environment Protection Authority.

Unless the situation changes, there will be no further updates until 3pm on 4 January 2020.

Use multiple sources to stay informed:

  • VicEmergency Hotline – freecall 1800 226 226.
  • VicEmergency app.
  • Facebook or Twitter.
  • Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

More details at!/warning/11216/moreinfo


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