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Do you have elderly or frail neighbours, friends of family? Don't forget to check up on them on hot days.

Monday 2 December 2019

As the weather heats up Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging residents to check in on vulnerable and frail-aged neighbours, family and friends.

“It only takes a few minutes but taking the time to check in on our vulnerable community members can make a huge difference in protecting people’s health,” said Lisa Knight, Council’s Director Corporate and Community Services.

“Extreme heat is incredibly dangerous and kills more people in Australia than any other natural disaster. Let’s all work together to make sure everyone stays safe over summer,” said Ms Knight.

Call or visit a neighbour and ask if they are ok? Things to consider:

• Does the house have cooling and is it switched on?
• Are windows and blinds closed to keep out the heat?
• What clothing are they wearing? Loose, light clothing is best.
• Are they staying out of the sun and minimising activity?
• Place a water jug next to them to encourage drinking.
• Help them to cool off by placing a wet cloth around their neck and popping their feet into a shallow bucket of cool water.
• What is their plan in the event of an emergency? How could you help them?

“These simple steps can make a difference to a person and potentially make a very difficult time bearable. It’s also likely to put a smile on your face and theirs,” said Ms Knight.

“Thank you to all our generous community members who are looking out for others throughout the warmer months,” she said.

For more information visit the Better Health Channel at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/heat or find the Red Cross ‘Bushfires: Preparing to leave early’ plan at www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/helping-people-leave.

Image: Who can you check in on days of extreme heat?

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