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Protection available for people vulnerable to smoke


DHHS are coordinating the distribution of masks to help protect vulnerable people from the smoke across East Gippsland.  Deliveries will be made sometime today.

Masks will be available for community members at the following locations:

  • Sale Relief Centre
  • Bairnsdale Relief Centre – Oval
  • Bairnsdale Relief Centre – Racecourse
  • Lakes Entrance Relief Centre – Mechanics Hall
  • Central Gippsland Health Service
  • Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
  • Dargo Bush Nursing Centre
  • Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre
  • Assembly Area – Orbost Cricket Club
  • Assembly Area – Omeo Recreation Reserve

Those most at risk of significant health effects of smoke include:

  • People over 65 years of age
  • Children 14 years and younger
  • Pregnant women
  • People with existing heart or lung conditions, including asthma.

Click HERE to view the Guidelines for use of face mask tip sheet.

There are simple steps you can take to avoid smoke and protect your health…
– If you are not under threat from a fire, avoid breathing smoke by staying inside with the windows and doors closed.
– Reduce physical activity.
– If you have an air conditioner, switch it to ‘recirculate’ or ‘re-use’ and reduce activities that affect indoor air quality, like smoking cigarettes, burning candles or vacuuming.
– If you are planning to leave your home. Check that it’s safe to go elsewhere before leaving.
– Take your current medication with you if you are reallocating.
– When there’s a break in the smoke, open your windows and doors to get rid of any smoke inside the house.

If you or anyone in your care is experiencing symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 or seek medical advice.

Anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, wheezing or tightness in the chest should seek urgent medical assistance – call 000.