All residents should be aware of hot weather health risks

Friday, 6 January 2017

Tomorrow’s scorching forecast of 37 degrees is a timely reminder to all about the risks of hot weather. Please remember to take precautions over the weekend.

Leaving children or pets alone in a parked car at any time is dangerous. Even in the early morning, the temperature can quickly rise to more than 50 degrees.

On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be as much as 30 to 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.

Children are more susceptible to heat-related illness as their body temperature rises very quickly, and they can easily become dehydrated.

Kidsafe and the Victorian Government’s campaign Never Leave Kids in Cars prompts parents to take their kids with them whenever they get out of the car, just as they do their everyday valuables, to avoid potentially tragic consequences. 

The Department of Health’s website HealthDirect recommends the following actions during a heatwave:

  • drink plenty of water

  • keep your body cool by staying out of the sun and wearing light coloured and loose fitting clothing

  • keep your house cool by shutting curtains and blinds during the day

  • access air-conditioned places such as a libraries, shopping centre, cinema or swimming pools

  • take care of others including elderly friends, neighbours or relatives

  • avoid the sun during the middle of the day and wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses at all times

Pets including dogs are also susceptible to the heat and should not be left unattended in your car.

Provide pets with plenty of water and a cool shady area.

If you or someone you know experiences any symptoms relating to the heat please contact your GP or visit the emergency department. 

More information can be found on the HealthDirect website.

Peter Bettess - General Manager Planning and Development

“Check on family members who may be more susceptible to heat-related illness including children, the elderly and those with long-term health conditions.
Make sure that your children are drinking enough water and staying out of the sun to avoid heat stroke.
Check elderly neighbours in the morning and make sure they have enough water and are able to stay cool."