Bushfires are creating smoky conditions across much of NSW that may continue for some time. Smoke can affect people’s health and it is important for everyone to reduce exposure.
Check the air quality for your region and subscribe to updates using the
Air Quality Index (AQI).
Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and your asthma management plan if you have one. Keep your medication close at hand. Consult your doctor if symptoms worsen.
Monitor air quality and follow health messages. Air quality information and health messages are available at
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Air Quality Index (AQI) data.
Avoid vigorous outdoor activity.
Spend more time indoors. Keep doors and windows shut to keep the smoke out. Open windows and doors whenever the smoke clears.
Spend time in air conditioned venues like cinemas, libraries and shopping centres.
Avoid indoor sources of air pollution like cigarettes, candles and incense sticks.
Transcript: Smoke tips from Dr Richard Broome
Air purifiers or face masks can also be used to reduce exposure to smoke.
Air purifiers with a high efficiency particle air (HEPA) filter are able to reduce the number of fine particles indoors. To work well, the air purifier must be matched to the size of the room it is in and the room must be well sealed.
Humidifiers, negative ion generators and odour absorbers do not remove fine particles in bushfire smoke.
For information about fitting a P2/N95 mask, please refer to How to fit a P2 mask.