Victorian Bushfires: Air Quality Warning Issued
The health danger doesn't end with the flames.
A doctor in rural Victoria is urging people to remember that woodsmoke is "highly toxic" and you should take necessary precautions to avoid inhalation.
#Woodsmoke is highly toxic to human health - these bushfires hurt us in many ways. Brett Sutton - as Chief Medical Officer of @VicGovDHHS, can you help get the message out? @vicemergency @bellapittaway @kellazzaro @DarrenChesterMP @Gippsland2020 @healthy_climate #lovegippsland https://t.co/XGS5zdBRZz— Rob Phair (@robphair) March 4, 2019
The particles in wood smoke can affect your eyes and respiratory system, potentially causing bronchitis, trigger asthma attacks and in serious cases strokes, irregular heart rhythms and heart failure.
If you are in a danger area, you should stay indoors and wear a face mask or respirator outside if possible.
EPA Victoria has issued an air quality warning for the La Trobe Valley, but Melbourne is deemed to be relatively safe.
#AirQuality forecast for tomorrow:— EPA Victoria (@EPA_Victoria) March 4, 2019
GOOD to FAIR air quality is expected in Melbourne, and POOR to VERY POOR air quality is expected in Latrobe Valley.
Updates at https://t.co/Gea248UKA2 pic.twitter.com/MorjPkjvo1