Keeping safe this summer

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Heatwaves can cause dehydration and heat exhaustion, so it’s important to remember to keep cool, stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activities. Check on elderly neighbours and family members during hot weather and keep your pets in the shade (preferably indoors) where possible. If your job involves working outdoors be sure to take regular breaks and wear appropriate sun protection.

January 2019 marks 50 years since the Lara bushfires, a timely reminder of the importance to implement fi re-safety measures around your home.
• Make sure barbecue and open flames are put out properly
• Clean leaves from gutters
• Move woodpiles away from the house
• Keep grass maintained to a maximum height of 10cms
• Check total fire ban and ratings information at to see what you can and can’t do during hot days.

Summer is the perfect time to splash around and enjoy water in all locations and surroundings. If you are outside by the pool, at the beach, or on the river, it’s critical to take care around water – especially with children. Our tips for keeping safe around water this summer are:
Always swim between the red and yellow flags when visiting the beach
• Before entering the water, check the depth; enter the water slowly, feet first and never dive in
• Avoid swimming near boat ramps or in boating areas
• Always keep young children within arm’s reach
• Watch your children around water, not your mobile phone
• Never swim alone

Emergencies can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. It’s important you know how to respond and who to contact in an emergency.

Police, Fire, Ambulance and Storm damage 000 
Poisons information 131 126 
Nurse on call 1300 606 024
National Home Doctor Service  137 425 
 VIC Emergency hotline 1800 226 226 

Page last updated: Thursday, 27 December 2018