South East Queenslanders urged to keep safe during smoke haze
Published Monday, 11 November, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Steven Miles
Following the deterioration of air quality in South East Queensland, the state’s Chief Health Officer is urging everyone to stay indoors for the next 24-48 hours.
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles and Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young are warning residents in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast to remain vigilant as bushfire smoke blankets the region.
Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young issued a formal alert advising people in the south east to reduce their exposure to smoke over the next 24 to 48 hours.
“Treat this seriously and don’t be complacent. Whether you’re in Logan or Lowood or anywhere in between—everyone needs to limit time spent outdoors while these conditions remain,” Dr Young said.
“And If you have outdoor events planned this week, limit time outside or reschedule them. Nothing is worth compromising your health for.
“Queenslanders have a proud tradition in banding together in times of crisis, and I know you’ll do your bit and look out for vulnerable people in your community.
“In Brisbane, Ipswich and Gold Coast I’ve recommended the Department of Education consider cancelling outdoor activities and keep pupils indoors.
“Conditions aren’t expected to ease for at least a week, so we’re reminding people to take care.”
Minister Miles encouraged locals to stay inside.
“You only need to look outside to see what we’re in the middle of, and these conditions won’t clear any time soon,” Mr Miles said.
“Please, stay indoors, run your air conditioner on recirculate and postpone outdoor activities.
“If you don’t need to go outside for extended periods, don’t.
“Planning is crucial. That means having the right medication on hand and in plentiful supply.
“It also means looking out for each other, you might have an elderly neighbour or a new mum nearby – check on them, see if they need help.
“Of course, don’t go it alone, seek medical advice or ring Triple Zero (000) immediately if you’re experiencing any adverse reactions to the smoke, such as shortness of breath, prolonged coughing or wheezing.”
Live air data for Queensland is available through the Department of Environment and Science website
Katharine Wright - 0428 957 903 (Minister's office)
Queensland Health media - 07 3708 5376 (Chief Health Officer)