Extreme Heat Can Impact Your Health

A Heat Health Alert is issued by Department of Health and Human Services when there is a prolonged period of excessive heat forecast in the State of Victoria which is likely to have an impact on human health.  

These extreme heat events can also affect community infrastructure such as power supply, public transport and other services.

Extreme heat can make existing medical conditions worse and cause a heat – related illness, which may be fatal.  The most important things to remember are:

  • Keep cool
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Look after yourself and others

See the Department of Health and Human Services website for more information on Heat Health Alerts and the Better Health Channel for information on how to cope and stay safe in extreme heat.

Who is most at risk?

People most at risk during extreme heat events are:

  • People aged over 65 years, especially those living alone
  • People who have a medical condition such as diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness
  • People taking medications that may affect the way the body reacts to heat
  • People with problematic alcohol or other drug use
  • People with a disability who may not be able to identify or communicate their discomfort or thirst
  • People who are overweight or obese
  • Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers
  • Babies and young children
  • People who work or are physically active outdoors.

 

Preparing for hot weather

  • Check that your fan or air-conditioner works well
  • Stock up on food, water and medication to avoid having to go out in the heat
  • Leading up to the summer months prepare your home by installing awnings, shade cloths or external blinds on the sides of the house facing the sun

 

Preparing for power failure

It is very common to lose power during extreme heat events. 

You can be prepared by:

  • Thinking about how you would cope without power
  • Ensure you have a torch, a fully charged mobile phone or a telephone that will work without electricity, a battery operated radio and sufficient batteries
  • Ensure you have frozen blocks / water bottles

For further information on how to stay safe during a power outage:

www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/energy/safety-and-emergencies/power-outages


Coping with the heat

  • Look after yourself and keep in touch with sick or frail family, friends and neighbours
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty
  • Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers
  • Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings
  • Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds
  • Don’t leave children or animals in parked vehicles
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day
  • If you must go out, wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing and a hat
  • Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals such as salads. Make sure you store refrigerated food properly and discard if it has been out of adequate temperature control for more than 4 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous activity such as sport, home improvements and gardening
  • Watch or listen to news reports that provide more information during a heatwave

It is likely that extreme heat events will occur in conjunction with severe, extreme and Code Red Fire Danger days.  Always remain up to date with Fire Warnings for your local area and act in accordance with your Fire Ready Plan.


Heat related illness

Extreme heat may cause illness such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  It may also worsen pre-existing conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.


Heat Cramps

  • Muscle pains
  • Spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs


Heat Exhaustion

  • Pale complexion and sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Muscle cramps and weakness
  • Dizziness and headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fainting


Heat Stroke (A Life Threatening Emergency – Call 000)

  • Similar symptoms to heat exhaustion
  • Dry skin with no sweating
  • Mental condition worsens and causes confusion
  • Seizure
  • Stroke-like symptoms or collapsing
  • Unconsciousness


Medical Contact Information

For 24 hour health advice contact NURSE ON CALL 1300 60 60 24

For life threatening emergencies 000

Daylesford Customer Service From One Location

From 15 February 2016 over the counter customer service in Daylesford is being delivered from the Duke Street centre, allowing Council to improve service and enhance the experience with the community.  Council adopted a transition to one customer service centre in Daylesford at its October 2015 meeting. 

The transition to one service centre in Daylesford will assist with providing consistent information to the community and improve customer service through a one-stop-shop approach to customer service.

Enhanced technology and telecommunications systems in the Duke Street office will improve customer service, and link customers attending service centres in Creswick and Clunes with officers in Daylesford.  The Duke Street Customer Service Centre will also provide improved physical space, particularly when dealing with confidential matters. 

 

Free Composting & Worm Farming Workshops

To reduce organic waste sent to landfill, Hepburn Shire Council is working in partnership with Neighbourhood Centres around the Shire to deliver free workshops by local experts. Workshops will feature practical demonstrations, including:

  • How to best use the compost bins and worm farms offered by Council
  • Getting the best out of your compost
  • Keeping happy, healthy worms.

Clunes
10:30am, Sunday, 13 March 2016
Clunes Farmers Market, Fraser St.
Ph: 5345 4078

Creswick
10.30am Saturday 20 February 2016, Creswick Market
Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, Victoria St.
Ph: 5345 2356

Daylesford
10:00am, Saturday 5 March 2016
Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre, Camp St.
Ph: 5348 3569

Trentham
2:00pm, Tuesday 1 March 2016
Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, Cnr. Market & Main Sts.
Ph: 5424 1354

 

 

Free Small Business Support Coming to Hepburn Shire

Looking to start a small business? Want to develop your existing small business?

Help is on the way with the Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus coming to Hepburn Shire.

The Small Business Bus offers free mentoring throughout the day with an experienced business professional who can assist you in taking your small business to the next level. On board the Small Business Bus you will find information on Small Business Victoria’s programs and services as well as tools and tips to help you start or grow your business.  

Bookings are essential for the mentoring sessions, so reserve your place now at business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call 13 22 15.

The Small Business Bus will be located at the following addresses in Hepburn Shire between 10:00am and 4:00pm:

  • Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, 15 February 2016, Outside the Coles Walkway, 52 Vincent St, Daylesford.
  • Creswick, 16 February 2016, Outside the RSL, 60 Albert Street
  • Clunes, 17 February 2016, Outside The Warehouse, 44 Fraser Street
  • Trentham, 18 February 2016, Outside Town Square, 27 High Street. 

Temporary and inflatable pools/spas must have a safety barrier

The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) believes consumers need to be aware that all spas and swimming pools that hold more than 30 cm of water must be surrounded by a compliant safety barrier when they are set up. This includes inflatable, portable and wading pools, which, like in-ground and other permanent pools and spas, can pose dangers to young children without the proper safety barriers in place.

In Victoria the construction or installation of temporary or inflatable pools and spas, constructed within an appropriate and approved safety barrier, does not require a building permit. However, if they hold more than 30cm of water, the construction or installation of those safety barriers will require a building permit.

Non-compliance can increase the risk of drowning and lead to prosecution by the VBA.  A temporary or inflatable pool or spa must not be used until the safety barrier has been installed and a certificate of final inspection has been issued by the relevant building surveyor.

For more information about swimming pools, spas and their safety barrier requirements, refer to swimming pools, spas and their safety barriers on the VBA Website.

Duke Street Daylesford Reception Office Temporary Closure

The Duke Street (Daylesford) office reception will be temporarily closed until 15 February 2016 while reception office renovations are finalised.

Please proceed to the Daylesford Town Hall located at 76 Vincent Street, Daylesford for all payments and queries.

If you would like to make an appointment to speak to an officer in Building, Planning, Environmental Health or Local Laws please call 5348 2306.

Trentham Hub Community Consultation Sessions

Community members are invited to consultation sessions regarding the Trentham Hub project. Cr Neil Newitt (Mayor), Cr Sebastian Klein and Aaron van Egmond (CEO) will be available to discuss your views on the project. Sessions will be by appointment and in 20 minute intervals on the following days.

Monday, 8 February 2016 – 4 – 8pm

Saturday, 13 February 2016 – 9am-1pm

Please call Michelle Collett on 5321 6423 to arrange an appointment.