Exposure to high temperatures can lead to life-threatening heat-related illness such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. More commonly, heat can make existing chronic illness worse.
Air Quality Categories (AQC) indicate how clean or polluted the air is in areas across NSW.
The reporting of AQC is managed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Bushfire smoke can affect people’s health and it is important for everyone to reduce exposure.
Returning home after a bush fire can be difficult, stressful and sometimes hazardous. Follow these steps to return home safely.
Children are more vulnerable to the effects of smoke because they spend more time outdoors, have developing airways and breathe more air relative to their body weight.
Bushfire and smoke can cause many health issues or exacerbate existing conditions.
Find information on common illnesses including:
Steps to take if you have lost your Medicare, DVA or Centrelink card, medication or prescription due to bushfires or have been without electricity for an extended period.
People at greater risk from smoke include those with underlying lung or heart conditions, the elderly and young children.
Encourage patients to adhere to their treatment plans and seek medical attention if symptoms persist or worsen.
Children are more vulnerable to the effects of smoke and may require emotional support during and after a bushfire.
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Find contact details for support services including:
The Service NSW guide provides information and links for people who have been impacted by bushfires and need immediate help.