Prioritising Health, Safety and Preparedness During Bushfires

In Central Queensland, News, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

CCQ strongly encourages individuals to make health, safety, and preparedness top priorities as the temperatures rise and the bushfire season draws near.

Certain people in our community are more sensitive to smoke and should be particularly careful to minimise their exposure, particularly as smoky conditions can linger for days or even weeks. These groups include:

  • People with heart or lung disease
  • People with respiratory conditions such as asthma
  • People with diabetes
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children
  • The Elderly

If you haven’t established a bushfire survival plan yet, take the initiative today to create one and ensure your toolkit is ready for emergencies.

Your preparations should encompass packing vital medications and supplies. Consult with your healthcare provider to plan according to your specific needs and circumstances.

Below are some additional health measures to help you safeguard your well-being during smoky conditions:

  • Stay Indoors: Keep windows and doors closed until the smoke subsides.
  • Medical Consultation: If you have a pre-existing medical condition, consult your doctor, and follow your asthma care plan if applicable.
  • Seal Gaps: Use towels to cover any gaps in doors and windows leading to the outside.
  • Air Conditioning: If you have air-conditioning, set your air conditioner to recycle or recirculate mode to maintain clean indoor air. Avoid using evaporative air conditioners, as they draw in outside air.
  • Limit Physical Activity: Avoid strenuous physical activities during smoky conditions to reduce smoke particle inhalation.
  • Seek Shelter: Find refuge in air-conditioned spaces like local shopping centres, community centres, libraries, or cinemas to escape smoky environments.
  • Connect with Loved Ones: If possible, visit friends or relatives outside the smoke-affected area.
  • Keep medications on hand: If you suffer from a respiratory condition keep your medications close by.

If you are well and safe, consider checking on others in your community, especially elderly individuals, people with chronic illnesses, and those living alone.