Extreme heat conditions are predicted for Thursday 30 January and Friday 31 January 2020. This leads to many health problems as well as fire risk.
Heat kills more Australians than any other natural disaster. It's also important to understand that you do not have to live in the country to be at risk of bushfire. Suburban homes can be affected too.
The forecast conditions may cause an increase in heat related illnesses in the community and bushfire risk if you live near bushland or reserves.
Here are tips to help you survive the heat, stay safe and be aware of bushfire risk:
- Drink more water
- Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars
- Keep cool
- Check in on others
- Plan ahead
- Stay informed on hot, dry, windy days by monitoring conditions outside and tuning into a local emergency broadcaster, checking emergency.vic.gov.au regularly and by downloading the VicEmergency app on your phone.
People facing emergency medical situations as a result of the heat, or those dealing with fire should ring 000.
Others needing less urgent medical assistance should contact their doctor or the Nurse on Call service on 1300 60 60 24, for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria 24 hours a day (calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate).
Groups particularly vulnerable to the effects of hot weather include the elderly, young children, pregnant women, persons with a disability, the frail and the sick. Council encourages you to look after yourself and to check in with your elderly, frail or sick friends, relatives and neighbours during hot weather days.
Read more: Tips for coping with the heat
Animals and pets can suffer from extreme heat stress as well. More information: Caring for animals during extreme heat.
For further information on staying healthy in the heat this summer visit:
Anyone with power supply issues should call their local service provider.