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Are you prepared for the heat?

Before a Heatwave occurs:

  • Check cooling systems to ensure they are working effectively, clean filters and air vents, and make sure your air conditioner/s are set to cool.
  • Chat with a neighbour or relative/close friend to keep in contact with you during extreme heat, and exchange phone numbers with them.
  • Ensure you have food supplies and other items you use regularly to last up to a week so you don’t have to go out in the heat.
  • Don’t forget your pets as they can be particularly vulnerable to the heat. Make sure they have shade and plenty of cool water and make sure you have a week’s supply of food for them.

During a Heatwave:

  • Keep out of the heat as much as possible.
  • If you leave the house, carry a bottle of water, wear a hat/take an umbrella and sunscreen.
  • Have plenty of cold water in the fridge.
  • Draw blinds and curtains to keep out the heat during the day.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool yourself down when you feel hot. If this is not possible use a wet flannel or towel to wipe yourself down.
  • Avoid eating salty foods.
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose fitting cotton clothing which helps your body maintain a normal temperature.
  • Avoid alcohol, tea or coffee as they can make dehydration worse. Drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Eat frequent small meals.
  • Avoid going out between 11am and 3pm.

In an emergency contact your local GP.

Life Threatening Emergencies phone: 000.

Don’t forget about your animals! Make sure all animals have access to cool drinking water and shade, keep play/exercise to minimum and don’t walk your dogs until after the sun has gone down. Small pets like bunnies are also particularly susceptible to heat stress. Check out the Animal Welfare League website for more tips to keep your pets safe in the heat at www.awl.org.au/advice-education/pet-advice/general-pet-advice-tips/hot-weather-pets

The Red Cross, in conjunction with the South Australian government, has developed the TeleCross REDi service to support vulnerable members of the community during a heatwave or other extreme weather event. This free service provides clients with support phone calls up to three times a day during extreme weather. For unanswered calls or if the person is showing signs of distress, an emergency response will be activated. TeleCross REDi registrations can be made by phone, by yourself, a carer, doctor, family member or friend.

To contact TeleCross REDi call 1800 188 071 (free call) between 10am-5pm weekdays.

 

Adelaide Fringe in CCS

Adelaide Fringe is coming to your neighbourhood!

Over 50 great events are taking place within our city between 15 February to 17 March 2019. Check them out at bit.ly/ccsfringe

 

Eco Cleaning Workshop

Join us in a fun session of making environmentally safe home cleaners. Learn how to avoid harsh chemicals and clean sustainably.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 15 January 2019 from 6.30pm-8.30pm at 19 on Green.

For more info, contact Claire on 8408 1860 or via email at cmacbeth@charlessturt.sa.gov.au or check out the Facebook event for details on how to register bit.ly/ecocleaningworkshop

 

Aboriginal Art on Canvas

Nikki Carabetta is an Adelaide-based Aboriginal artist with Yamaji and Brinkin/Ngangikurrunggurr heritage. In this workshop Nikki will share her culture and art practices pertinent to Aboriginal people, and children will tell their own stories through painting on canvas.

The workshop will be held on Friday 18 January 2019 at 11.30am at the Bower Cottages Community Centre.

Suitable for children aged 9-12 years, and parent/ guardian supervison is required. Cost is $5 per participant and bookings are essential. Book now at bit.ly/aboriginalartoncanvas

 

Personal Safety Workshop

Learn how to feel confident and empowered to deal with different situations that maybe impacting your personal safety. YIN Personal Safety Solutions experts are hosting a personal safety workshop for 12-25 year olds. Practical physical strategies will be covered. Workshop cost is $10 and will be held on Friday 18 January 2019 from 10am-12pm at The Brocas.

Bookings are required, as limited places are available.

Book now at bit.ly/personalsafetyworkshopccs or for further information phone 8408 1315 or email youthdevelopment@charlessturt.sa.gov.au.

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