Managing your health and safety - bushfires
Bushfires can impact on your health in a number of ways. Extreme temperatures, smoke and reduced air quality can have severe effects on some people, particularly older people and those with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
A range of fact sheets are available from the Department of Health and the Better Health Channel to help you prepare and understand the health issues associated with bushfire. The following fact sheets are available:
- Bushfire smoke and health
- Heat stress - preventing heat related illness
- Food safety in emergency situations
- Please be safe when returning to your property
- Using protective kits in bushfire affected areas
- Ash from CCA-treated timber
- Power blackouts - using alternative fuel and electricity generation safely
- Cleaning up a smoke affected home
- Private water sources in bushfire-affected areas
- Fire retardants and health
General health advice
The Better Health Channel website has additional health fact sheet information.
NURSE-ON-CALL - 1300 60 60 24 - is a phone service that allows you to discuss any health related issue with a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria.
You should talk to your doctor or local community health service if you feel unwell. You can find this information using the health service search on the Better Health Channel.
In an emergency call 000.
- Managing your general health - bushfires
These fact sheets provide tips to help you protect your health before, during and after the bushfire season.
Tel: 1300 60 60 24