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Bushfires

In an emergency call triple zero (000)

Bushfire smoke

Bushfire smoke can cause breathing difficulties, itchy eyes, throat irritation and exacerbate existing conditions, like asthma, heart and lung conditions. Visit the bushfire smoke and your health page for advice and more information.

Mental health

We are all susceptible to the effects of stress and grief during and after a disaster or an emergency, and sometimes we need extra help to cope.

For crisis mental health support, contact the Mental Health Triage Service on 13 14 65. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Information about accessing priority assistance following the November 2015 Pinery Bushfire is available from the Northern Health Network website and on telephone 08 8209 0700.

Food safety in an emergency

After a power outage, the food in your fridge and freezer might not be safe to eat. For tips on keeping your food cool and what to do with your perishables when the power comes back on, visit the food safety in an emergency page.

Rainwater quality and bushfires

Bushfires generate large amounts of ash and debris, which can contaminate rainwater supplies. Although the presence of ash and debris in rainwater does not represent a health risk, it could affect colour, turbidity and taste. Similarly, fire retardants should not present a risk to health. However, there are some simple steps to take to ensure your rainwater supply is suitable for drinking after a bushfire. For more information, see the Bushfires and rainwater quality page.

For more information

Visit the SA Country Fire Service website to keep up-to-date with information for specific bushfire incidents.

The Bushfire Recovery website is the official source of the most up-to-date news and information about the relief and recovery effort.

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