Staying Safe & Healthy in Extreme Heat

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has released a Heat Health Alert for this weekend. Over the summer months we need to be aware and prepared for the risks associated with extreme heat and fire. Some members of our community are more vulnerable to the extreme weather conditions and their health and safety can be at risk, so it is important that we are all aware of the simple things we can do for ourselves and to support our family, friends and neighbours.

Dr Rosemary Lester (Former Chief Health Officer) provides some simple tips for us all to consider when faced with a period of extreme heat.

Tips to survive the heat

  • Drink water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Take a bottle with you always.
  • Hot cars kill. Never leave kids, adults or pets in hot 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 out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
  • Help 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.

In Victoria you can register to get your own direct Heat Health Alerts from the Department of Health & Human Services. Please check other state government sites to set up an alert system most relevant to where you live or work

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