Heat health alert issued for Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January

Wednesday 23 January 2019

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The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a heat health alert for Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January.

Extreme heat can put your health and risk, so make sure you know how to keep yourself and others safe.

Many of us are vulnerable to the heat which can have adverse health impacts including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, dehydration, cramping or even death.

It is important that you are aware of your own health as the heat can make existing conditions worse, or bring on new health concerns. It is also important that you keep an eye on those around you to make sure we all stay safe.

How to stay cool

Plan ahead

Choose the coolest parts of the day to be outdoors. Store medicines at the recommended temperature. Check your air conditioner works and be prepared in case of a power failure. 

Check on others

Extreme heat can affect anyone, but older people, young children and people with a medical condition are more vulnerable. Regularly check in on anyone who might be at risk.

Give pets plenty of water and shade

Find cool places

Spend time outside of the sun, in air conditioning, for example a library, shopping centre or cinema. Wear loose, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Seek shade, and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.

Drink more water

Always carry a water bottle and sip often. Alcohol, tea and coffee dehydrate you – water is always best.

Never leave anyone in the car

Especially kids and pets. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a parked car can be far hotter than it is outside.

 

To find out more, see heat safety resources offered by the Victorian government.

Keep updated on weather warnings by visiting the Bureau of Meteorology website or call them 1300 659 217

For life-threatening emergencies, call 000. 

For more information, email us at info@yarracity.vic.gov.au or call us on 9205 5555

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