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This Advice is being issued for MODERATE to HAZARDOUS air quality across the state tomorrow, Wednesday 15 January. 

  • Poor air quality is likely to continue in the North East of the state from NSW and local fires on Wednesday. 
  • The North East, North Central, Gippsland, Central (including Melbourne) are likely to experience hazardous air quality on Tuesday evening and Wednesday . 
  • Some smoke haze may still occur in the Western districts.
Smoke can affect people's health. You should be aware of the impacts of smoke on you and your family’s health.

Everyone should minimise the time spent in smoky conditions whenever practical to do so.
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.
  • Symptoms of smoke inhalation injury can include itchy eyes, sore throat and runny nose through to shortness of breath, coughing, vomiting, nausea, and confusion.
People should guard against exposure to smoke by taking some simple precautions:  
  • Stay inside your house if possible; close all windows and doors.
  • If you use an air conditioner switch it to “recycle” or “recirculate”.
  • Avoid exercise.
  • Ordinary paper dust masks and handkerchiefs won't filter out fine particles from bushfire smoke - use a special P2 or N95 filter mask, which you can get at a hardware store. Be sure it fits properly and you don't have any medical issues that would prevent use.
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 on smoke and your health visit https://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/air/smoke.
This message was issued by Environment Protection Authority.

The next update is expected by 15/01/2020 05:00 pm or as the situation changes.

Health information:
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Accessibility:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.