High smoke alert for Latrobe Valley

EPA Victoria has issued a high level smoke alert for the Latrobe Valley region for Monday night and Tuesday as a result of bushfires.

A high level alert means that it is likely residents will see ongoing smoke impacts with visibility less than 10 kilometres due to high particle concentrations in the air.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Rosemary Lester advised that excessive smoke levels could not only aggravate existing heart or lung conditions, but may also cause members of the community to experience irritated eyes, coughing or wheezing.

“Everyone should avoid prolonged or heavy physical activity and keep informed about fire activity in their immediate area,” Dr Lester said.

“Anyone with a heart or lung condition should take their medication as prescribed by their doctor.

“People with asthma should follow their asthma management plan.

“Anyone with concerns about their health should seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.”

Check EPA’s air quality forecasts at http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/air-quality-bulletins

For more information about bushfire smoke and health go to www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/bushfires/

For fire information go to the Victorian Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667 or visit the Country Fire Authority Victoria website, www.emergency.vic.gov.au