Heat health warning

Summer may officially be over, but the hot weather is still here with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing an important Heatwave Warning for this long weekend.

The forecast heatwave conditions can cause health issues which can affect anyone. Older people, people with pre-existing medical conditions, pregnant women, young children and babies are most at risk.

Remember to keep an eye on your local weather conditions at Victoria Weather and Warnings (bom.gov.au) so that you can be prepared for the heat.

How to survive the heat

  • Drink plenty of water. Always take a bottle with you.
  • Hot cars kill. Never leave kids, adults 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 out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
  • Check on others. Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, older people, children and babies, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
  • Call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024 or see your doctor if you are unwell.
  • In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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