Stay heat safe this summer

Published on 09 January 2019

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Did you know extreme heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster?

To help survive the heat, residents are encouraged to plan ahead by avoiding being outside during the hottest parts of the day. If you must go out, remember to wear a hat and sunscreen, and take a bottle of water with you.

Don’t forget to keep cool by drinking plenty of water, staying in air-conditioned buildings, drawing the blinds and dressing in light clothing.

Help others. Make sure to look after those most at risk in the heat your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.

For more information visit the Better Health Channel. Call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024 or see your doctor if you are unwell. In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

A friendly reminder that during the summer season, until 1am Monday 1 May 2019, the Fire Danger Period is in place.

Each year during the warmer months, the CFA declares a Fire Danger Period. This period typically runs from December through to the end of April, depending on weather and environmental conditions. 

CFA declares the Fire Danger Period at the onset of warmer weather to help prevent fires from starting as dry vegetation and hot weather increase the incidence of fires accidentally starting and spreading.  

When fire restrictions are in force, burning off is prohibited without a permit, including on roadsides.

If a Total Fire Ban day is declared, the lighting of fires or solid fuel heaters and barbecues is illegal.

For information on what you can and can’t do during the Fire Danger Period and on Days of Total Fire Ban visit cfa.vic.gov.au/can