Cop­ing with the heat

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Hot days can still be ex­pected be­fore sum­mer eases into au­tumn.

And the like­li­hood of that hap­pen­ing has prompted a mes­sage from Baw Baw Shire mayor Joe Gauci for peo­ple to be pre­pared to cope.

As well as look­ing af­ter our­selves the mayor urged peo­ple to keep a check on oth­ers that may be of greater risk of heat ex­haus­tion, such as neigh­bours that live alone, young chil­dren and peo­ple with med­i­cal con­di­tions.

“The risk of heat stress is higher for older peo­ple es­pe­cially if they are on med­i­ca­tions, all of which af­fect the way bod­ies re­act to heat”.

Cr Gauci also of­fered a few tips on how to beat any hot weather.

“Drink at least two litres of wa­ter a day, seek out air-con­di­tioned build­ings, draw blinds and take cool show­ers”.

Make the most of cooler pub­lic spa­ces and for those with­out air-con­di­tion­ing at home look at vis­it­ing a friend that does, a shop­ping cen­tre or even take a trip to a li­brary, Cr Gauci said.

Other sug­ges­tions were cooler venues such as the War­ragul Leisure Cen­tre and the shire’s other out­door pools at Drouin, Neerim South, Rawson, Trafal­gar and Thor­p­dale.

Cr Gauci said if some­one was un­well be­cause of the heat a call should be made to Nurse-on­call on 1300 60 60 24 or, in an emer­gency, to 000.

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