Media Release | 9 December 2019
Red Alert for Older Victorians on Heat Stress Today
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria has issued a Red Alert on the dangers of heat stress for older Victorians today as temperatures are expected to hit 38 degrees.
CEO of COTA Victoria, Tina Hogarth-Clarke said summer can be a very stressful time for older people especially if they are living on their own and facing the risks of soaring temperatures, combined with high fire danger and power blackouts.
“Living alone means there is no one to monitor their condition on how they are coping with heat stress, especially if there are blackouts for extended periods leaving residents in an increasingly stressful situation with no air conditioning or refrigeration.”
Ms Hogarth-Clarke said, it was important for families and neighbours to keep in touch with older members of the community on days of extreme temperatures and it was vital to PLAN IT COOL ON HOT DAYS by taking sensible precautions.
Plan it Cool on Hot Days is based on taking some sensible precautions.
- Follow weather reports for the latest information on news bulletins.
- Postpone any trips or regular activity that will expose you outdoor soaring temperatures.
- Stay indoors in the cool.
- Avoid undertaking any strenuous activity on the day.
- It is important to wear lightweight clothing.
- Drink cool water regularly throughout the day (keep jugs of chilled water in the fridge).
- Build up a supply of ice blocks in your fridge.
Keeping your Home Cool
- Close blinds and curtains
- Turn on your air conditioner and set it to ‘cool’.
- Use an electric fan to keep the room cool.
- Have cool showers through the day
- Make sure you have two torches with batteries in case of a blackout so you can move around your home safely, especially on stairways or outside areas with steps.
Keep your Pet Cool
- If you have a pet make sure they have cool water in a shady spot or inside.
Hot Day Contact List
- On days of excessive heat, arrange to chat to family members, friends or neighbours.
Media enquiries: Ron Smith, COTA Victoria – Mobile: 0417 329 201