Plan ahead

Plan ahead

Know when it could be smoky

You can anticipate smoke at certain times of the year in Tasmania, and there is a lot of information to help you stay up-to-date.

  • Many of us use wood heaters in winter to keep warm. This often leads to smoky conditions, especially when there is no wind. The EPA provides air quality readings from the BLANkET real-time data.
  • The Tasmania Fire Service publishes information on current bushfires (which typically occur in summer) and permit fires.
  • The Tasmanian Forest Industry publishes information on planned burns which are conducted for forest regeneration and property protection.
  • The Parks and Wildlife Service publishes updates on planned burns which are conducted to maintain biodiversity and reduce the risk posed by bushfires.

Alternatively, listen to your local radio station for updates.

See your GP

If it is likely to be smoky in your area, talk to your doctor about what steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. This is especially important if you have a heart or lung condition, if you are elderly or if you have young children.

Only your doctor can advise you about your specific health situation.