More extreme heat conditions are predicted. The elderly, young children, pregnant women, persons with a disability, the frail, cancer patients and the sick become particularly vulnerable to the effects of hot weather.
Drink lots of fluids including water and stay inside cool or air-conditioned buildings, such as shopping centres, libraries and community centres. If you do have to go outside, sunscreen, sun hat, stay in the shade and take lots of water with you. Try to 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.
This is not the day to partake is strenuous exercise, gardening or home improvements. If feeling hot take a cool shower or bath. 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. 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 medical team 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).
Anyone with power supply issues should call their local service provider.
Remember your 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:
- Heat health status – Department of Health and Human Services
- VicEmergency – incidents and warnings
- Survive the heat – Better Health Channel
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