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Heat is back – tips for staying safe

Heat is back – tips for staying safe

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted temperatures in the 40s again this weekend and Swan Hill Rural City Council has urged residents to take care.

Daytime temperatures will reach at least 40 degrees this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with overnight lows in the mid-20s.

The forecast has prompted the Department of Health to issue a heat health alert for the Mallee region.

The expected high temperatures have the potential to cause heat stress and significant health impacts. Council reminds residents to exercise extreme care during the heatwave and to take the following precautions:

• Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic fluids. (If your doctor normally limits your fluids or you are on fluid tablets, you might need to check how much to drink while the weather is hot)
• Avoid alcohol (due to its dehydrating effects)
• Stay indoors, if possible with airconditioning, or in the shade
• Take a cool shower or bath
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
• Reduce physical activity
• Check on older, sick and frail people who may need help coping with the heat
• Never leave any person or pets in a closed parked car
• Don’t rely on fans to cool people unless they are well hydrated and there is adequate ventilation
• Know the signs and symptoms of excessive heat exposure and know how to respond

If you must be out in the heat:
• Limit outdoor activity to early morning or late evening hours
• Protect yourself from the sun and use sunscreen, wear a hat and cover exposed skin
• Rest regularly in the shade and drink fluids frequently

For more information about staying safe in the heat, please contact Swan Hill Rural City Council’s Public Health Services on 5036 2591.

You can also find out more from the Department of Health – Staying healthy in the heat