Bass Coast,
09
January
2015
|
06:08
Australia/Melbourne

Staying Healthy In The Heat

Extreme heat can affect your daily activities, as well as being a serious risk to health and well-being.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, said with the recent bout of hot weather, Council is keen to remind community members of the top four tips for coping with the heat.

“There are a number of simple things you can do to prevent the hot weather becoming a serious problem for yourself, your family and your neighbours,” Mr Elder said.

  • Keep out of the heat, to stay cool, drink regularly and help others.

  • Stay indoors and close your curtains and blinds to block out the sun.

  • If you must go outside, stay in the shade and wear a hat and light, loose fitting clothing, and take plenty of water with you

  • Look after yourself and to keep in touch with others. Elderly and children are particulary at risk in extreme heat, but heatwaves can affect anybody, including the young and healthy.

Mr Elder said Council, in conjunction with a number of other local agencies and government departments, had developed a Heatwave Plan which aims to minimise the health impacts of extreme heat.

“We’re working with other organisations to ensure messages developed by the Department of Health are promoted widely so the community is aware of the steps they can take to protect themselves during a heatwave,” Mr Elder said.

“If people would like more information, the heatwave brochure Staying Healthy in the Heat provides a number of tips about preparing for hot weather, as well as what to do on a heatwave day and important contact numbers.”

The brochure is available in Council’s Customer Service Centres, from the Emergency Management Team by calling 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, and is available through the Better Health Channel at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.