Last updated on 02/06/2023


*Updated 5 June 2023 – Smoke warning delayed; wet weather is preventing major burns from taking place*

SYDNEY: Asthma Australia is urging people with respiratory or heart conditions, such as asthma, to prepare for smoky air, particularly in the south and south-west regions of Sydney, due to planned hazard burns starting from Monday, June 5 advises Asthma Australia. 

The warning comes following a week-long smoke haze over Brisbane, with residents experiencing dangerous levels of air pollution with the Deagon station showing 20 times the World Health Organisation’s annual air quality guideline. 

People can check air quality data by downloading the AirSmart App – or visit  

People with asthma are advised to keep asthma medication and inhalers nearby and treat any symptoms immediately by following their Asthma Action Plan.  

If people don’t have an Asthma Action Plan they can call Asthma Australia at 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462) for information and learn more about Asthma First Aid 

Schools and childcare centres are advised to keep checking air quality updates throughout the week and to adjust plans so students are not exercising or playing outdoors in the smoky air.  Keep windows and doors closed to avoid smoke coming inside.  

Outdoor workers with respiratory or other health conditions are advised to talk with their manager or business owner and make alternative plans to avoid smoke exposure.  

“Smoke is dangerous to human health and it’s a common trigger for those with asthma, causing irritation in the chest and eyes, coughing, difficulty breathing. It’s vital that exposure is avoided as best as possible by staying inside,” Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman said. 

People most at risk include: 

  • People with a breathing or heart condition  
  • The elderly 
  • Young babies and children 
  • Pregnant women and their unborn child 

Symptoms of asthma feel like shortness of breath, a tight chest, coughing, wheezing or getting puffed easily.   

Anyone experiencing serious breathing difficulties who are not responding to Asthma First Aid, please call triple zero or immediately contact your doctor.