Extreme Weather & Asthma

Asthma Australia has launched a new campaign that is offering support and information to Australians to Breathe Better in Extreme Weather, recognising the impact severe weather can have on people with asthma.

By following six key steps, The Breathe Better in Extreme Weather campaign highlights how people can keep their asthma well controlled and stay safe during bush fires, heatwaves, dust storms, thunderstorms and flooding events.

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With experts predicting a particularly menacing and extreme weather season, Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman says children and the elderly were particularly susceptible.

“Extreme weather events occur suddenly and increase exposure to a range of asthma triggers including dust, pollen and smoke and reduce air quality.”

“Stay vigilant with your asthma management and understand your triggers, follow your Asthma Action Plan and avoid exposure where possible.”

Ms Goldman said with diverse and extreme weather events unfolding it was essential people took asthma seriously and knew how to administer asthma first aid.

“It’s vital everyone knows asthma first aid. You never know when you may be confronted with someone having an asthma flare-up. Asthma is avoidable when the right supports are in place, but it can be deliberating and life threatening if it’s left unmanaged.”

During the extreme weather season, people can learn more about how to breathe better in extreme weather by visiting www.asthmaustralia.org.au/extremeweather People with asthma and their loved ones are encouraged to know the steps of asthma.

The 6-step asthma checklist for weather events:

  1. Take your preventer medication every day when well. Preventer medication can take time to take effect, so it’s important to take the preventative step of regularly taking your preventer medication.
  2. Ensure you have in date reliever mediation and keep this on hand.
  3. Follow your written Asthma Action Plan. If you don’t have a written Asthma Action Plan, visit your doctor to have one completed.
  4. Know the four steps for asthma first aid and what to do in an asthma emergency www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/national/about-asthma/asthma-emergency
  5. Where possible during extreme weather events, stay indoors with windows closed and avoiding exercise
  6. Keep up to date with emergency service alerts and advice in your local area