With the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a scorching top of 40 degrees, the Emergency Management Commissioner has issued an extreme heat warning for the North Central area, which includes the Central Goldfields, for today.
Residents are being urged to keep cool, stay indoors and to check on those most at risk of being affected by heat, especially those aged 65 years and over.
What you should do:
- Drink water Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink water. (Unless your doctor has told you otherwise). Take a bottle with you always.
- Hot cars kill Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
- Keep cool Seek out air-conditioned buildings, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light, loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Plan ahead Schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Help others Look after those most at risk in the heat – your friends and family or your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
Where to get help:
- Call Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24 for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days).
- Your doctor – if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from a heat-related illness.
- In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).
- Survive the heat information is available in several languages.
- Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
- Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
- Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about this warning on 1800 226 226 (freecall).
- People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
- For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
- Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter (#survivetheheat) or Facebook.