Heat health alerts and fire danger warnings
How you can prepare and stay safeThis week — between Wednesday 18 December and Friday 20 December 2019 — Victoria will experience hot and dry conditions which will elevate the potential for heat illnesses and fires.
With maximum temperatures forecast to reach over 40 degrees in parts of the state, the Victorian Government’s Chief Health Officer has issued a number of heat health alerts about the heat wave conditions. Alerts have so far been issued for Wednesday and Thursday and for the affected weather districts of the Mallee and North Central. However, further Heath Health alerts are expected for Friday, when temperatures are forecast to soar more broadly across the state.
At the same time, the fire danger rating for a significant part of Victoria has been forecast at very high and severe levels
Prepare for the heat with the following tips:
- help save energy by turning off all unnecessary electronic devices and lights
- when gone for 30 minutes or more, turn off computers, monitors, copiers, and printers whenever possible
- close all exterior windows and doors and lower blinds to reduce the heat coming through windows
- monitor conditions at locations for planned excursions and camps, and re-assess the need for any travel (including staff travel)
- be alert to children, adults or pets being left in cars, as the temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes
- listen to local radio, download the free VicEmergency App on your phone or call the VicEmergency Hotline number 1800 226 226 for warnings, advice and up-to-date information.
For more information
- visit Better Health Channel – Survive the Heat
- call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024 or see your doctor if you are unwell
- in an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).
To clarify if your service operates within this/these district/s, read Victorian Forecast Areas Map
To subscribe directly to heat health alerts and advisories, visit Health Victoria – Heat health alerts