Temperatures are set to break 40 degrees in parts of Corangamite Shire this week and Mayor Neil Trotter has encouraged residents to think about how they and their family can stay safe in the heat.
‘We’re expecting a long hot summer, and that raises the risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke,” Cr Trotter said.
“These are serious conditions with symptoms ranging from muscle cramps, dizziness, vomiting and fainting and—in the worst cases—can be fatal.”
Cr Trotter encouraged residents to keep an eye on people they know who may be at greater risk, such as neighbours who live alone, young children, or people with a medical condition.
“The risk of heat stress is higher for young children, who get hotter faster than adults, and older people, particularly if they are on medication.
“Sometimes they might not realise they are getting hot and dehydrated and they could need a reminder to listen to their bodies and look after themselves.
“There are things we can all do to stay safe in extreme heat like drinking at least two litres of water a day, drawing your blinds to keep the heat out and taking cool showers.
“Also, never leave kids, pets or adults in a parked car. The temperature inside a car can double within minutes and can kill.”
Cr Trotter encouraged residents to seek out cooler, public spaces if they could not stay cool at home.
“If you don’t have air conditioning, visit a friend who does, or go to an air-conditioned venue, such as a public library.
“If you or anyone you know feels unwell on a hot day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency.”