Reminder to residents to think and be safe this Summer

Mayor of Hume City, Councillor Carly Moore said heat waves, fire and extreme weather conditions are all realities of an Australian Summer; therefore, it is vital that the community know how to prepare for these situations and what to do if they arise.

“You are not guaranteed warning of changing weather conditions, so residents need to plan, prepare and be ready for extreme weather events,” Cr Moore said. 

“If you plan to spend time in and around water this summer, you must know how to swim, keep watch and take appropriate precautions to ensure you and your family are safe.   

Be fire ready

The Fire Danger Period is now active in Hume City. Make sure you know what you can and can't do during the Fire Danger Period by visiting www.cfa.vic.gov.au/can

Please pay attention to fire restrictions and warnings, prepare your property and be sure to have a plan in place.

If you live right next to grassland and a grassfire starts, walk at least two streets back from the fire – as encouraged by the CFA to stay safe and monitor conditions.

If you live two or three streets away from grassland and a grassfire starts, stay where you are. Grassfires are unlikely to spread into built up areas.

Never drive if you can see smoke or fire. Thick smoke will make it hard to see and traffic jams and accidents are likely. You need to keep roads clear for emergency services

Download the VicEmergency app at www.emergency.vic.gov.au for timely, relevant and tailored warnings and information in Victoria.

Beat the heat

Extreme heat will affect everyone, and the most easily affected are babies and children, people with a medical condition and elderly people.

The best way to prevent heat-related illness and life-threatening heatstroke is to stay somewhere cool and drink plenty of water.

When the lowest temperature average is over 30°C for a 24-hour period, Council will issue a heatwave alert. Find out more at www.hume.vic.gov.au/heat

Safety after the storm

Storms that bring heavy rain and high winds can result in flooding and debris on roads. It’s important that drivers reduce speeds and proceed with caution. The Victorian State Emergency Service warns against driving on flooded roads as a car can float in just 15 centimetres of water.

Find more information on what to do if you are affected by storm damage at  www.hume.vic.gov.au/storms

Know asthma first aid

Spring and summer are high-risk seasons for thunderstorm asthma, which can be sudden, serious and even life-threatening. You could save a life by knowing asthma first aid, which includes knowing how to administer asthma-relieving medication and when to call an ambulance. Find out more at www.hume.vic.gov.au/thunderstormasthma

Watch around water

Swimming is great fun in summer, but please ensure you and your family stay safe around water. Last year, there were 249 drowning deaths across Australia and a further 551 people hospitalised. Council and Life Saving Victoria urge everyone to:

  • Supervise children at all times around water
  • Learn swimming and lifesaving skills
  • Wear a lifejacket when boating, fishing or paddling
  • Avoid alcohol around water.

Posted on 9:30 AM, 10 December 2018


Updated : 12:22 PM, 10 December 2018

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