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Park visitors urged to prepare for weekend heat

Thursday 25 January, 2018

With temperatures hotting up for the Australia Day long weekend, Parks Victoria is encouraging visitors to prepare for the conditions and play it safe around beaches, creeks, rivers and waterfalls.

On hot days, bushwalkers, hikers and bike riders are encouraged to stay hydrated and be active in the cooler part of the day.

Natural pools and waterfalls may look like inviting places to cool off in hot weather but swimming at these spots can be dangerous and may have strong currents, debris and other hazards. Also beware of unstable edges and check safety signs. Only swim at beaches, rivers or lakes where swimming is permitted and only swim where there are other people, so you can raise an alarm if you get into trouble.

If boating or kayaking, ensure you have the right safety equipment, wear a lifejacket and can call for help if you get into trouble, and make sure your activity matches your skills and experience.

When out exploring Victoria’s spectacular spots, Parks Victoria recommends some basic preparations to stay cool, stay safe, and have fun.

  • Plan: Choose an activity that suits your timeframe, fitness, ability and needs.
  • Check conditions: visit the relevant park page or call 13 1963 for current park conditions.
  • Be mindful of the heat: Avoid remote areas, stay hydrated, return before it gets too hot. Tips for staying cool in extreme heat.
  • Play it safe by the water: Only swim where permitted, and don’t jump from piers and jetties. Stay safe when boating or kayaking and always wear a lifejacket. More info.
  • Stay in touch: Let friends or family know your plans. Avoid walking alone. Remember there may not be phone reception.
  • Prepare for adverse weather: What’s the forecast? Are you weather-ready? Check or download the BoM app for forecasts in your area. Conditions can change, so reassess during the day.
  • Be fire aware: Familiarise yourself with bushfire safety information. Check for information on active fires, danger ratings and total fire bans, or download the VicEmergency app to receive customised alerts.
  • Pack the right gear: Protective clothing, appropriate footwear, plenty of water, extra food, wilderness first aid kit, map, compass and GPS.
  • Emergencies: In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000). Be aware you may travel out of phone range.

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Gareth Rees
0417 067 706

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