Heatwave

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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.

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.

Tips for coping with the heat

  • Drink lots of fluids including water, cordial, juice and small amounts of tea/coffee
  • Stay inside cool or air-conditioned buildings, such as shopping centres, libraries and community centres
  • Block out the sun and keep your house cool by shutting curtains and pulling down exterior blinds, turning off unnecessary lights and opening windows and doors where there is a cool breeze
  • Take a cool shower or bath
  • If you do have to go outside, stay in the shade and take lots of water with you.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, gardening or home improvements
  • Never leave children, adults or animals inside parked vehicles
  • Look out for warning signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion such as a rapid heart rate, dizziness, and nausea, muscle cramps, vomiting and fainting.

For further information on staying healthy in the heat this summer visit the Department of Health website.

Anyone with power supply issues should call their local service provider.

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Last updated: 23 November 2017