- Book appointments or go shopping in the morning, rather than in the late afternoon during the hottest part of the day.
- Make sure you have enough medication and other essential items to last throughout the forecasted extreme heat.
- Have a torch, battery-operated radio, fully charged mobile phone or battery back-up, and some food items that don’t require refrigeration or cooking readily available if power outages occur.
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5. Don’t forget your pets
Like us, pets are vulnerable to extreme heat. Make sure they have access to shade, plenty of water and watch for signs of heat exhaustion. myvet Strathfieldsaye has some excellent advice on how to keep your pets cool during summer on their website, and can even do consultations in your home if you can’t get your pet into the clinic (Bendigo region only).
For more heat health tips and to learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, visit the Department of Health & Human Services Better Health Website.