Heat warning for Goulburn Valley
Published at: 16 Dec 2019
Goulburn Valley residents are warned temperatures are expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius throughout the region this week.
According to the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel, heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster, also causing illnesses such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to the life-threatening condition heatstroke.
GV Health is encouraging the community to remember these five tips for surviving the heat during the week ahead:
- Drink plenty of water - keep a full drink bottle with you and take small sips frequently
- Never leave anyone alone in a car - kids, adults or pets left in cars can be dangerous with temperatures often doubling in just minutes
- Stay somewhere cool - block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds and open the windows when there is a cool breeze
- Plan ahead - cancel non-essential outings and plan essential activities for the coolest part of the day
- Check in on others - look after those most at risk in the heat; your neighbour living alone, older people, young children, people with a medical condition and don't forget your pets
For more information on how to cope and stay safe in extreme heat click here.