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Heat Health Alert for 3 and 4 January

Date: 
Wednesday, 2 January, 2019 - 12:15
Category: 
General

The Chief Health Officer has issued a heat health alert based on the Bureau of Meteorology 7-day forecast. Thursday is expected to reach 37 degrees with Friday topping 41 degrees.

The forecast conditions may cause an increase in heat related illnesses in the community.

Extreme heat can affect anyone. Pregnant women, people with a pre-existing medical condition, people aged over 65 and children and babies are most at risk.

Individuals should prepare for the heat now - heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster.

Check airconditioners and fans, make plans to avoid going out in the middle of the day. In case of power outages, have extra water stored if you rely on electricity to pump water and arrange alternative ways to stay cool.

Remember: drink more water, never leave kids, adults or pets in cars; stay cool; check on others and plan ahead.

Staying cool: The Mansfield Swimming Pool will be open extended hours on Thursday 3 January (until 8pm).  The Mansfield Library also offers a cool place and is open 9.30am-5.30am each day.

For more information, visit

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/heat

https://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond/

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Last Updated: Friday, 4 January, 2019 - 18:11