Smoke – wood heaters, woodfires and bushfires
Woodfire and bushfire smoke is a type of air pollution and is not good for your health. It can lead to more asthma symptoms and flare-ups. Wood heater, woodfire and bushfire smoke (including hazard burns) contains fine particulate matter (PM2.5). These particles are tiny in size and when inhaled can go deep into your lungs, causing inflammation (redness and swelling). The particles can also enter your bloodstream, which can affect other parts of the body like the heart and immune systems.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STAY SAFE?
Keep using your preventer as stated in your Asthma Action Plan to help lower your chance or severity of a flare-up. Always carry your reliever puffer with you.
If you are not prescribed a preventer, see your doctor, or talk to one of our Asthma Educators if you are not sure.
Asthma Educators can answer your asthma questions
When smoke is a known trigger for you or a loved one, do the best you can to avoid woodfire, bushfire or hazard burn smoke. Look at our handy Bushfire Smoke Fact Sheet or follow these simple steps:
- Stay indoors to reduce exposure.
- Close all windows and doors and use the air-conditioner on recycled air- if available.
- Using an Air Purifier with a HEPA filter to create a ‘safe zone’ in your home.
- Avoid outdoor exercise when air quality is poor.
- Use a fitted P2/N95 rated face mask when outdoors during times of poor air quality. For more information click here.
- Check local air quality – see our AirSmart App below.
Are woodfire heaters or fire pits triggering your or your family’s asthma? We’ve created a friendly and informative flyer and social media graphic for you to download and use, so you can help others understand the dangers of smoke. Download the flyer and social tile below.
DOWNLOAD THE AIRSMART APP
The AirSmart App provides live air quality information so that you can change your plans if pollution levels are high. If you have asthma, this app is especially useful to plan your day or understand why you might be getting symptoms. AirSmart is an initiative of Asthma Australia.