Smoke haze warning for vulnerable residents - Institute for Respiratory Health

Smoke haze warning for vulnerable residents

Friday, April 22, 2022 | Uncategorised

The Institute for Respiratory health is urging the elderly, young and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma and emphysema, to limit their time spent outside due to continued smoke haze from prescribed burns across the Perth CBD and other locations.  

Prescribed burn warning areas:

  • Area bounded by Trigg Point, east to Mundaring, south to Pickering Brook and west to woodman Point, including the Perth CBD.
  • Baldivis, Wellard, Oldbury and Mardella including Karnup Road and surrounding areas.
  • Dunsborough to Myalup including Busselton, Capel and Brunswick Junction.

“Smoke can cause an issue with breathing for vulnerable people. It can aggravate existing lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, coughing and shortness of breath,” said Associate Professor Yuben Moodley, Deputy Director of the Institute for Respiratory Health.

“People considered at risk people should remain indoors and avoid inhalation of smoke. They should also shut all doors and windows.

“Those with a lung condition that is unstable or symptomatic should take extra precautions and contact their doctor if their condition deteriorates.”

Associate Professor Yuben Moodley said symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people with chronic respiratory conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.

He also advises to:

  • Keep windows and vents closed when driving in smoky areas.
  • Limit outdoors exercise, or avoid it completely. Especially if you can smell smoke or notice eye or throat irritation.
  • Only use air conditioners that circulate indoor air. DO NOT use evaporative air conditioners or air conditioners that draw in air from the outside.
  • Use respiratory protection – if you must venture outside wear a P1 or P2/N95 face mask that has a tight seal around the mouth and nose can can filter airborne contaminants.
  • Keep hydrated – drink plenty of water.

Anyone with an urgent smoke-related health condition should seek medical attention by contacting their doctor, or by dialling 000.