New Modelling Methods to Estimate Smoke Exposure

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Fire Note 135: This Fire Note details research that estimates toxic emissions commonly encountered by firefighters extinguishing fires in semi-rural communities at the rural-urban interface.

Toxic emissions from burning houses, cars and other household materials during bushfires may pose a range of health risks to communities and their firefighters.

The potential health effects range from relatively minor illnesses, such as nausea and respiratory irritation, to life threatening conditions, such as asphyxiation, as well as exposure to well-known cancer causing substances.

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