People with asthma and respiratory diseases should take care over the coming days and try to limit their exposure to smoke from Victoria’s fires, says the Asthma Foundation Victoria.
With smoke from the Kilmore fires making its way to Bendigo yesterday morning, Asthma Foundation Victoria marketing and development officer Sarah Slanagan said the foundation had received “inquiries and causes of concern” regarding smoke.
“People want to know why and how that’s going to affect them,” she said.
“If there’s a lot of smoke in the area it can be quite scary for people with respiratory conditions.”
She said people with asthma should stay indoors, where possible, and if they were using an air conditioner they should switch it to ‘recycle’, to reduce the possibility of smoke coming inside their home.
She said people with pre-existing conditions should take precautions.
“It’s a matter of monitoring their asthma and having their medications on them at all times," she said.
Bendigo Health was not available for comment.