POLICE WARNING | Here’s how to beat the heat

AQUATOPIA: Cool down wherever you can. Picture: Chris Lane
AQUATOPIA: Cool down wherever you can. Picture: Chris Lane

Police urge residents to monitor weather reports and health advice as we’re expected to experience significantly hot weather in the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns temperatures are generally expected to increase at the weekend.

As the weather heats up, motorists are reminded it’s not only an offence for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle, it can be deadly.

It can be just as dangerous to leave the elderly and people with a disability in cars during days of extreme heat.

Everyone needs to take care in hot weather, but some people are at higher risk of heat illness, especially if they’re older, live alone or are socially isolated.

Remember to;

  • Stay well-hydrated;
  • Avoid alcohol and hot or sugary drinks;
  • Limit your physical activity;
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day;
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres, like cotton;
  • Regularly check forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology on all media;
  • Get advice from your doctor if there are concerns with medication, medical conditions and the heat; and
  • Know who you’ll call to get help or to offer help and make a list of phone numbers and ensure they’re current.

Tourists, campers, and other holidaymakers who are in unfamiliar environments are urged to take extra care, especially when swimming. Each year thousands of people need to be rescued from the surf or needlessly drown.

Livestock and pet owners are urged to ensure adequate clean water is always available and shade is provided. Animals shouldn’t be left in confined, unventilated areas.

  • If you can, it's a good idea to spend time in airconditioning. More here.
  • Visit the Rural Fire Service website here for updated bushfire warnings and information.
  • For updated weather forecasts and warnings visit the Bureau of Meteorology here.

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