Asthma Foundation issues advice about smoke haze over Canberra


Multiple hazard reduction burns are underway in the ACT and surrounding region, sending a smoke haze across the city.

Asthma Foundation ACT has recommended asthma sufferers remain indoors as much as possible until the burns have been completed.

Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) hope to take advantage of cooler autumn conditions to arrange controlled burns across 7,000 hectares.

Across the weekend, TAMS conducted burns within northern Namadgi National Park at Blundells Creek and Condor Creek.

Asthma Foundation ACT chief executive Danielle Dal Cortivo told 666 ABC Canberra that the smoke haze could trigger asthma symptoms even for non-asthmatics.

“If non-asthma sufferers start feeling wheezy, breathless or their chest is tight, then they should go and have a chat with their GP,” she said.

“For some people, they may never ever have experienced asthma and the smoke may just trigger their airway more than it’s been triggered before.”

Ms Dal Cortivo said when asthma was ignored, it could become serious and require hospitalisation.

“We still have one person everyday dying of asthma in Australia,” she said.

“If asthma is caught early on and managed correctly, you can often avoid having a severe asthma attack and a flare up.”

Advice for asthma sufferers during hazard reduction burns

  • Stay indoors when you can
  • Keep windows and doors closed at night
  • Continue using asthma preventer medication as prescribed
  • Ask your General Practitioner about an asthma action plan
  • Keep your asthma reliever medication with you at all times
  • Avoid outdoor vigorous physical activity

A list of the scheduled burns in the ACT is available at the TAMS website.


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