Heat can kill

WITH high temperatures hitting the state, police have urged those travelling in the heat to take the proper precautions.

This includes those driving long distances or considering hiking or camping in the warmer weather.

The warning follows a number of incidents over the past few weeks where people have planned trips or activities in the heat and failed to take items such as sufficient water or sunscreen.

This is particularly important in regional and remote areas where it may take emergency services some time to reach those affected.

Police are warning that no one is exempt from heat-related illness and preventative action should be taken to avoid illness.

Police suggest:

• Keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water and non-alcoholic fluids.

• Never leaving anyone in a closed parked car.

• Wearing light-weight loose fitting clothing

• Avoiding strenuous activity such as sport and other outdoor exercise

• If you must go out, stay in the shade, wear and hat and other sun protection, and take plenty of water

• If you are planning a long trip or activities in bushland, make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.

• Know the signs and symptoms of excessive heat exposure and how to respond.

The effect of heat can range from minor discomfort through to serious conditions such as heat stroke, which can result in death. 

More detailed information can be found at the Department of Health website: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/environment/heatwaves.htm