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Keep cool in extreme heat

Thursday 03 January

East Gippsland is bracing for soaring temperatures tomorrow and in the days and weeks ahead, and Mayor Cr Natalie O’Connell says it’s important to take a moment to think about how you, your family and those in your care can stay safe in the heat.

“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious conditions occurring when the body’s temperature rises and the internal organs start to shut down. Symptoms of heat exhaustion range from muscle cramps, dizziness and nausea to vomiting and fainting,” Cr O’Connell said.

“The risk of heat stress is higher for young children, as they get hotter faster than adults and their bodies are less able to regulate temperature. They are also less likely to be able to tell you they are dehydrated.

“There are simple things people can do prevent their children from dehydration, heat stress or worse. Make sure they are drinking water rather than sport drinks or fruit juices and if you’re worried they might be dehydrated, ask them when they last went to the toilet. If it’s been a few hours then they’re not drinking enough, if it’s been over six hours then they are likely to be dehydrated.

“Also, never leave children, pets or adults in a parked car. The temperature inside a car can double within minutes and can lead to heat exhaustion and death.”

Cr O’Connell encouraged residents and visitors to make the most of cooler, public spaces if they could not stay cool at home.

“For extremely hot days, if you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting a friend who does, or an air-conditioned shopping centre or public library. Our outdoor swimming pools can also be a great place to cool off.”

If you or anyone in your care feels unwell on a hot day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency.





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