The National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) and the Royal Australian College of GPs (RACGP) today issued a warning for residents with asthma living in the Coles area as the forest fire across the south-east of South Australia intensified.
Bill Petch, National Asthma Council Australia CEO, said Lucindale residents with asthma or hay fever need to be extra vigilant.
“People near the fire area who have been exposed to prolonged smoke and haze need to watch out for extra asthma and allergy risks.
“Smoke from fires can increase air pollution and can affect you and your family's health, so if you or your child start to have any breathing problems, coughing or chest tightness, make sure you act quickly and seek professional help to stop it turning into an asthma attack.
“Asthma is too dangerous to ignore and coupled with added stress and anxiety or upheavals, it could trigger dangerous flare-ups for people with asthma,” said Mr Petch.
RACGP President Dr Karen Price, said the extreme weather conditions in the South East and ongoing high temperatures and wind over the next few days, could see the spread of more bushfires affecting homes.
“Hot dry air and dust from bushfires can cause asthma symptoms to flare-up and people in high-risk areas need to make sure they pack their asthma medication and asthma action plan in their emergency evacuation kit,” she said.
‘If you’ve lost your written asthma action plan or need one for the first time, your GP can work with you to set out a personal plan that factors in the effects of bushfire smoke.”
Anyone with asthma living in a high-risk bushfire zone should include asthma management in their fire safety survival plan:
If asthma symptoms occur, don’t delay:
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