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Summer Preparedness Tips

"Please remember that public locations, such as the Hangar at Town Square in Kenmore and Town Center at Lake Forest Park, are open and can provide an air-conditioned break from the heat. Also take extra precautions when working outside, such as scheduling outdoor activities in the early morning or evening, wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, as well as taking frequent breaks in the shade or air-conditioned environments. Anyone who feels overcome by head should be moved to a cool and shaded location. If you are experiencing signs of heat stroke, it is an emergency, and you should call 911."

Provided by: Kevin Lowery, NEMCo Emergency Manager

Prepare for the summer​ heat

  • Check that air-conditioners, fans, refrigerators, and freezers are working properly.

  • Learn about safe food and medicine storage during hot weather, and especially during and after a power outage.

  • Make sure you have the contact details for people who may be able to help if you are in need.

  • Make a plan with family, friends and neighbours to keep in contact during hot weather.

  • Make sure you have contact details for your general practitioner, pharmacist, or other source of good health advice​ such as healthdirect​​.

  • Speak to your doctor if you have chronic health conditions or are on regular medications to discuss what to do during hot weather.

  • Know where in your local area you may be able to go to get relief from the heat. Places that may be cooler than your home include:

    • air-conditioned public buildings such as libraries and shopping centres

    • parks with plenty of vegetation and shade.

    • If you can, consider any changes you might make to your home to help keep it cooler in hot weather. More information is available at AdaptNSW and Your Home. Changes you can make include:

    • installing curtains or blinds on the side of your home that faces the sun to keep it cooler during hot weather

    • considering external awnings, shutters or other shading to prevent sun shining on windows

    • insulating your home to help reduce the indoor temperature when weather is hot and to maintain warmer temperature when cold.

During the Summer

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Indoor Air - Wildfire Smoke

As wildfire smoke fills the sky up and down the west coast, experts advise people to stay inside to avoid the health effects of smoke exposure. But how clean is your indoor air?

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Medication can be affected by heat

Any medication that's kept outside of its recommended temperature range can potentially be affected.

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Power Outage - Extreme Heat

Heat waves bring increased electricity demand for cooling, which can overload the system. 

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