Know the effects of extreme heat, who is at risk and how you can prepare yourself and others.
More people have died during extreme heat than in any natural disaster. In the 2009 Victorian heatwave 374 people died and almost eighty percent of these were over 65 years of age. This year, we’re expecting a hot summer, and that could mean more deaths and illness from extreme heat.
During extreme heat it is easy to become dehydrated or for your body to overheat. If this happens, you may develop heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. Heatstroke is a medical emergency which can result in permanent damage to your vital organs, or even death, if not treated immediately.
With heatwaves becoming a regular feature of the Victorian summer, it’s important to plan ahead and consider how you can look after yourself and others when the extreme heat hits.
Extreme heat can affect anybody however the people most at risk are:
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.
There are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat:
There are simple things you can do to prepare for extreme heat:
Further information can be found at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/heat.