Prepare for extreme heat this weekend

Heat kills more Australias than any natural disaster

Beat the heat

Know the effects of extreme heat, who is at risk and how you can prepare yourself and others.

During extreme heat it is easy to become dehydrated or for your body to overheat. If this happens, you may develop heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that can result in permanent damage to your vital organs, or even death, if not treated immediately.

With heatwaves becoming a regular feature of the Victorian summer, it’s important to plan ahead and consider how you can look after yourself and others when the extreme heat hits.

Tips to survive the heat

There are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink water - even if you don't feel thirsty, drink water. 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.

Plan ahead for extreme heat

There are simple things you can do to prepare for extreme heat:

  • Stock up on food, water and medicines so you don’t have to go out in the heat
  • Store medicines safely at the recommended temperature
  • Check that your fan or air-conditioner works well. Have your air-conditioner serviced if necessary
  • Look at the things you can do to make your home cooler such as installing window coverings, shade cloths or external blinds on the sides of the house facing the sun.

If you or anyone you know feels unwell on a hot day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency.

For more information visit facebook/humeemergencyinfo OR betterhealth.vic.gov.au/heat

Power outages

Power outages can happen during severe weather including lightning, floods, heat waves, bushfires or high winds. It is a good idea to have an emergency kit ready in case it takes an extended period of time for power to be reconnected. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Phone access - does your landline rely on electricity? Make sure you have a charged mobile with a back-up power supply.
  • Light - a torch or battery operated light and make sure batteries have charge.
  • Cooking facilities and heating - keep in mind that some gas appliances may still need electricity to operate.
  • A battery powered radio - stay tuned to news services to get updates on weather conditions and power outages.
  • Access to fresh water - if you use electricity to run a water pump, make sure you have an alternative source of fresh water.
  • Important contacts - keep a list somewhere that is easy to find.

 If you can, check on neighbours and loved ones who you think might need assistance. 

Inside ideas

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Posted on 12:00 AM, 30 November 2017


Updated : 9:39 AM, 9 January 2018

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