Opinion

Take precautions in heat

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January 04, 2018

While potentially fatal on any day, leaving children or pets unattended in a car this Saturday would be a recipe for disaster.

While potentially fatal on any day, leaving children or pets unattended in a car this Saturday would be a recipe for disaster.

With the mercury set to rise above 40°C, temperatures in cars will rise to dangerous levels quickly.

As little as a few minutes in a closed car could result in serious injuries or at the worst, even death.

Some may think a quick stop into the grocery store with a child or pet in the car might result in no harm at all.

But it is important to think how one feels after jumping back into your car at the end of a long day at work.

Many would switch on the air-conditioner quickly, or put the windows down to get much needed airflow through the car.

Firefighters will be kept busy with a severe fire warning in place and additional resources and people on hand who will be called upon in the event of an incident.

But the CFA is not the only emergency service putting out warnings, with VicRoads having concerns of their own.

They have warned drivers not to take unnecessary trips in adverse conditions and urged the public to leave earlier or postpone any long trips.

‘‘While travelling, children and pets require additional precautions to protect them,’’ a VicRoads statement read.

‘‘Consider using rear window shades ... remember that the back seat and cargo areas can be considerably warmer than the front-seat area.’’

Throwing cigarette butts from cars is not only irresponsible and illegal, but also extremely dangerous on these severe fire warning days, the authority warned.

VicRoads also said the hot weather could result in some bleeding on road surfaces, making them soft and sticky.

The hot weather may send some of us outdoors to a river, swimming pool or a friend’s backyard.

For some the weather will be too much to bear, sending them inside the confines of their home with the air-conditioner on maximum.

CFA District 22 operations officer Travis Harris summed up the message well in The News today, ‘‘be extra vigilant’’ and ‘‘put off any tasks that are high risk’’.

The hot weather seems to draw us all to water and we can be thankful for that.

It is an important resource that we all need to drink more of, carry and enjoy on a hot day like we are expecting this Saturday.

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