GANNAWARRA residents are being encouraged to stay cool and to look out for themselves and others during the hot weather.
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are life threatening conditions that start with symptoms ranging from muscle cramps, dizziness to nausea, vomiting and fainting.
Those most at risk of high temperatures are people over 65 years, the disabled, children under five years, pregnant and nursing mothers, people working in hot environments and un-acclimatised tourists and new residents.
Mayor Brian Gibson reminds residents there are things we can all do to stay safe in extreme heat.
“It is always advisable to plan activities ahead and stay out of the heat during the hottest part of the day,” he said.
“Keeping cool by seeking out air-conditioned buildings and drawing your blinds to keep the heat out as well as drinking plenty of water are also really important ways to avoid heat related problems.
“We also need to be aware of our friends, families and neighbours and keep an eye on people we know who may be at greater risk of heat exhaustion like those who live alone, young children, or people with a medical condition.”
He encouraged Gannawarra residents to make the most of cooler, public spaces if they could not beat the heat at home.
“For really hot days, if you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting a friend who does, or an airconditioned venue such as our local public library,” he said.
“Our local swimming pools and lakes are also popular places for people to keep cool over the summer months.”
He also reminded residents to never leave children, adults or pets in cars.
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.