WARNING: Poor Air Quality In Shepparton, Seymour, Wangaratta, Bright & Mansfield

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15 March 2019

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A warning has been issued for poor air quality in the North East, including Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Bright and Mansfield which is unhealthy for everyone.

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Smoke can aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, coughing and wheezing.

Due to weather conditions, including light winds, smoke is expected to linger until tomorrow afternoon. 
What you should do:
  • You should reduce prolonged or heavy physical activity.
  • Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • For more information on smoke and your health visit the EPA website.
  • Tomorrow, as smoke clears, it may be suitable to open windows and ventilate your home or business.
  • You need to make an assessment of your local smoke conditions to decide if ventilation of your home or business is appropriate.
  • You should stay aware of conditions as they can change quickly, and air quality may deteriorate, especially in the evenings and mornings. 
If you are sensitive to smoke:
  • Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
  • You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
  • If you are sensitive to smoke you should avoid prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.
  • If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.
  • If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.
Impacts in your area:
  • Take care when driving as conditions may be hazardous due to low visibility caused by smoke.
  • It will be smoky or hazy in your area. 
  • Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is currently monitoring air quality in the area.
Accessibility: 
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
  • To access this information in other languages call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline. 
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