Struggling with the air quality due to bushfire smoke at the moment?
What should you do:
- Seal up your home/ work place
- Check on at risk neighbours, help them to do the same with their home
- Minimise outdoor exposure during this time
- Use a fitted P2 mask if required to be outdoors for periods of time
- Asthmatics to put their plan into action
- Visit your GP if symptoms persist or worsen, in an emergency call 000
P2 and P3 face masks
While the government has released P2 and P3 masks to at risk communities and those working the front lines, the best suggestion is still to close up your home and seal any leaks.
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, said wearing the masks was not an alternative to avoiding smoke – and people in affected communities should remain indoors wherever possible.
Dr Sutton said face masks were "not a cure-all", but he said P2 masks could act as additional protection for vulnerable people forced to be outside.
If you can still smell smoke constantly within the house, after sealing up as best you can, it is a good idea to get some respite at a local shopping centre or library.
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