As we hit summer and warmer weather, it is a good time to remind everyone about some simple steps to keep cool during hot days.
- Stay in the shade, wear a hat and drink plenty of water
- Never leave anyone in a car
- Spend hot days in cool buildings, such as libraries or shopping centres
- Check on older, vulnerable friends and loved ones every day during a heatwave
- If you need help, Nurse on Call provides free 24-hour health advice in your language. Free call 1300 60 60 24
- If you fear that you or someone else has heat stroke call 000 for an ambulance immediately.
Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that kills more Australians that any natural disaster.
The symptoms of heatstroke could include typically no longer sweating, red, hot and dry skin, a body temperature more than 40C, rapid and noisy breathing, weakness, headache, confusion.
Whether it is a neighbour, relative, or friend – we can all help vulnerable people during heatwaves. It can be as simple as checking in on them with a phone call or a quick visit and making sure they are okay and know what to do during a heatwave.
Looking for a cool place in Brimbank on a hot day? Check out brimbank.vic.gov.au/coolplaces for some ideas around Brimbank.
The Victorian Government’s Survive the Heat www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/survive-heat has more tips about keeping cool during hot days.