Warning : Heat waves and Bush Fires

This is a message that will be useful in case of intense variation of temperatures.

Extreme heat can be mortal and make existing medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, worse. Please be aware of symptoms such as heat cramps or heat exhaustion.

Here some tips on how to survive the heat :

  • Drink plenty of water. Always take a bottle with you.
  • Hot cars kill. Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars. 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.
  • Check-in on 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.

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Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world, so everyone could be affected by a fire when adverse conditions occur. Fire risk is most extreme if you live around or near forest or woodland. If you know your risk, it will also help you to start preparing your property for fire and know what to do.

‘Leaving early’ means being away from high risk areas before there are any signs of fire. It does not mean waiting for a warning or a siren. It does not mean waiting to see or smell smoke. It’s up to you to decide where you will go on a fire risk day.

A handy template to help you develop a ‘leaving early’ bushfire plan. Use it together with our ‘Your Guide to Survival‘ publication.

Pets and fires : Things to consider to help keep your pet safe.

What to take with you : How to put your emergency kit together.

People who need help leaving : If you are frail or elderly or have a physical disability, or have problems thinking clearly or acting quickly under stress… and you may need help.

What if you’re travelling : Use CFA’s Traveller’s Checklist when travelling. And never travel into any high-risk bushfire area where a Code Red has been declared.

Some regions have already announced a ‘Total Fire Ban’, which includes restrictions on activities in a particular sector over a defined period of time. These ‘Total Fire Ban’ are declared on days when fires are likely to spread rapidly and may be difficult to control.

Stay informed on the situation in your region! You can download the VicEmergency app for this.