If you do not need to be in the area, stay away from a peat fire. Visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au for updates on air quality and other advice.
If you live or work close to the fire and it is smoky, reduce physical outdoor exercise or heavy physical activity. People with an existing heart or lung condition should rest as much as possible.
If you are not under threat from a fire, stay indoors away from the smoke where possible. Keep windows and doors closed.
If it is hot and you operate an air-conditioner, switch it to ‘recirculate’ or ‘reuse air’. This limits the amount of smoke particles coming inside.
If your home is uncomfortable, and it is safe to do so, consider taking a break away from the smoke. Visit an area not affected by the smoke or visit a local air-conditioned building such as a library, community centre or shopping centre.
If it is safe to do so, check on elderly neighbours or other people who you think might need extra help.