Extreme heat, or a heatwave, is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather that could negatively affect human health.

Extreme heat can also affect community infrastructure (such as power supply and public transport) and other services.

Extreme heat can affect everyone, but some people are more vulnerable. Groups particularly vulnerable are the elderly, young children, pregnant women, people with a disability, and people are who are frail or 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.

If you need help in a heatwave

  • If you are facing an emergency medical situation as a result of the heat, or you are dealing with fire, call Triple Zero 000.
  • If you need less urgent medical help, contact your doctor, or the Nurse on Call service on 1300 60 60 24.
  • If you have power supply issues, contact Powercor on 13 24 12 .

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 if there is a cool breeze.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • If you do have to go outside, stay in the shade and take 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 heatstroke and heat exhaustion such as a rapid heart rate, dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps, vomiting and fainting.

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