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Be heatwave-wise this summer

Published on 12 December 2017
  • Community
  • Community safety
  • Emergency management
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With the start of summer brings the threat of days of extreme temperatures and prolonged heatwaves. Maroondah residents are being urged to prepare themselves for days of extreme heat.

Member of the Maroondah Community Safety Committee Councillor Paul Macdonald said it was important that people understood the impact extreme heat can have on their health and the health of others.

“While extreme heat can affect all of us, there are members of the community who are especially vulnerable such as pregnant mothers, those with an existing medical condition, the very young and our older population,” said Cr Macdonald.

“Council’s Heatwave Plan outlines a coordinated response across the municipality in the event of a Heat Health Alert, which is issued by the Department of Health in conjunction with the Bureau of Meteorology when it is determined that a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather could negatively affect human health,” said Cr Macdonald.

“Under this plan, some Council services may be altered or cancelled on days of extreme heat, as a way of protecting vulnerable groups and encourage members of the community to stay home and out of the heat,” said Cr Macdonald.

“Affected services may include home and community care services, such as in-home assessments, Meals on Wheels, planned activity groups and social support programs, as well as maternal and child health services, including immunisation sessions,” said Cr Macdonald.

“If these services are affected, regular clients or those with specific appointments will be contacted to discuss alternative arrangements,” said Cr Macdonald.

Preparing for hot weather:

  • Check that your fan or air conditioner works well or whether it needs a service
  • Stock up on food, water and medicines, to avoid going out in the heat
  • Store medicines safely at the recommended temperature
  • Install awnings, shade cloths or external blinds on the side of the house that faces the sun

During a heatwave:

  • Check in with family and friends, especially those vulnerable to heat
  • Stay indoors, where possible, and avoid rigorous activities
  • Stay hydrated, even if not thirsty
  • Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds
  • Wear natural fibres that breathe

To stay up-to-date, or to learn more, visit our heatwave page or phone 1300 88 22 33.

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