Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Extreme heat has killed more Australians than any natural disaster. Survive the heat this summer with these five simple tips:
- Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty. Take a bottle with you always.
- Hot cars kill. Never leave children, older people or pets in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
- Keep cool. Seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Plan ahead. Schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go ou, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Check in on others. Look after those most at risk in the heat - your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don't forget your pets.
More information can be found at http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/heat.
During a heatwave emergency, you can access emergency information at emergency.vic.gov.au.