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Stay safe in the heat - 5 simple tips
There are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat. Survive the heat with these five simple tips:
- Drink water - even if you don't feel thirsty, drink water. Take a bottle with you always.
- Never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars - Hot cars kill. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
- Keep cool - seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Plan ahead - schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Help others - look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
If you or anyone you know feels unwell on a hot day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency.
For more information visit the Better Health Channel website.
During the summer months, the City of Casey can record temperatures above 40 degrees. These extreme heat days can pose a risk, particularly to:
- those who live alone
- people aged over 65
- babies and young children
- people who already have a medical condition or take certain medications
- people with a disability and
- those who work outdoors.
Tips to survive the heat
- Plan ahead, especially for people at high risk. Keep your house cool by drawing curtains and blinds and rearrange your day to avoid going out or exercising in the heat.
- Keep air circulating around you and use air conditioning and fans if possible. Take a cool shower if you feel hot.
If it’s too hot at your place consider visiting an air-conditioned, indoor public place. There are a number of great facilities you can visit in the City of Casey including libraries, Casey RACE and ARC and shopping centres.
- Drink plenty of water and take a bottle with you when you're out and about. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Ensure your pets have plenty of water and access to shade.
- Check on family, friends and neighbours most at risk, particularly those who are older, sick or frail, to make sure they are okay.
- Call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 or see your doctor if you feel unwell. In an emergency, call 000.
For more information visit the Better Health website or download the Better Health Channel app.
Do not leave children unattended in cars
During the hotter months of the year, the temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes, reaching potentially deadly levels. Tests conducted by Ambulance Victoria found that even on a 29-degree day the inside of a car can reach 44 degrees within 10 minutes and hit 60 degrees within 20 minutes.
It is important not to leave children (particularly babies and very young children), pets or the elderly in a parked car for long periods of time. Children are particularly at risk because they can lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke which can be life threatening.
Residents are advised:
- Check you have your keys before you get out of your vehicle to minimise the risk of accidentally locking your child inside
- Try to park undercover if you have young children
- There are no exceptions and no excuses for leaving children in cars. The police can prosecute you for doing so.
For more information visit the Kidsafe Victoria website.
Fire safety is a high priority for the City of Casey as more than half of the municipality is rural land.
The City of Casey is working closely with the CFA to plan for and implement processes to minimise bushfire risk. Annual roadside and vegetation management programs are being undertaken across the municipality to ensure that land owned and managed by Council is maintained throughout the fire danger period.
Vacant property owners play an important role in fire prevention by ensuring that their own properties do not pose a risk to themselves or others. Under the City of Casey Community Local Law 2/2010 it is an offence to have grass/weeds exceeding 30 cm in height at all times throughout the year. Council encourages that all vacant properties are maintained to a maximum height of 10 cm to reduce possible impact by fire. Council Officers undertake proactive inspections, and properties found to pose a risk, by an authorised officer, receive a Notice to Comply to complete works to reduce the identified risk.
If you are undertaking vegetation removal to improve fire safety around your home, you should first contact Council on 9705 5200 to check if any planning permits are required.
It is recommended during fire season that residents:
- Know where to check Fire Danger Ratings, which tell you how dangerous a fire would be if one started. Over summer, check the ratings daily to understand your fire risk and use them to decide when you’ll leave. Remember that as ratings increase, so does your risk of fire.
- Remember, you won’t always receive a warning or be told what to do if a fire starts. Always use more than one source for warnings. Tune in to ABC local radio, commercial and designated community radio stations or Sky News TV, phone the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, visit the Emergency Victoria website, download the FireReady App, and check CFA’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
- If you live next to grassland and a grassfire starts, move to a safe location at least two streets back from the fire. Grassfires are unlikely to spread into built up areas.
You could be at serious risk of uncontrollable fires on Code Red, Extreme and Severe days. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to leave early. If the Fire Danger Rating is Code Red, Extreme or Severe, you’re risking your life if don’t take action.
Ensure their homes and belongings are insured should damage occur. For more information visit the Insure it website.
For more information on understanding the risk where you live, visit the CFA website.
Information in languages other than English
To help the community plan and prepare for fires, the CFA has created publications in languages other than English.
For more information on how to get prepared for and stay safe this summer, including accessing Fire Danger Ratings, go to Emergency Victoria website or ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on 1800 240 667 or if you don’t speak English, call 131 450 for translated information from VBIL.
For Council emergency management information visit the Fire Emergency Management webpage.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under five years of age. Backyard swimming pools are the most common location where toddler drowning incidents occur.
Pool and spa owners must adhere to strict safety regulations, whether it is in-ground or above-ground. Swimming pools and spas with a water depth of more than 300mm must have child proof safety barriers around them and are required to obtain a building permit. Property owners and occupants are also responsible for making sure pool barriers are maintained, repaired and kept in working order, and that all gates and doors providing access to a pool or a spa have self-closing and self-latching devices.
Council recommends that pool and spa owners:
For more information about pool and spa fences, visit the Swimming Pools webpage or contact Customer Service on 9705 5200.