Find out about smoke and the law, how smoke can impact your health and how to report smoke.
Summer in Victoria means warmer weather. Great for outdoor activities but it also brings an increased risk of air pollution.
Bushfire smoke can reduce air quality and impact people’s health. Young children, older people, pregnant women and people with allergies, heart or lung conditions are more at risk of damage to their health from smoke.
The fine particles in smoke are small enough to irritate your eyes and be breathed deeply into your lungs. They may cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest or difficulty breathing.
It's important for everyone to reduce the amount of smoke you breathe in. Avoid outdoor physical activity and stay indoors, with windows and doors closed, if it is safe to do so. If you have pets, keep them inside with clean water and food. Also move their bedding inside if it’s practical.
If you're in an area impacted by a bushfire, follow your bushfire action plan and when the smoke clears be sure to air out your house by opening doors and windows.
If you're sensitive to air pollution, or have a heart or lung condition, follow your treatment plan.
If you’re worried about your symptoms see your doctor or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024. And if you experience chest tightness or difficulty breathing call triple zero.
You can stay up to date with air quality in your area by visiting EPA AirWatch. Air quality data is categorised from Good to Extremely Poor. EPA AirWatch also includes air quality forecasts for Victoria. You can use forecasts to help plan your day.
For more information about smoke and air quality visit our website epa.vic.gov.au
Smoke is a mixture of airborne particles, water vapour and other gases. Breathing in smoke can be harmful to your health.
Smoke from bushfires and landfill, peat, tyre and coal fires can impact the quality of our air. If it’s smoky outside, protect your health by following our guidance.
We monitor air quality and report smoke incidents across Victoria.
Reviewed 19 December 2019