With hot summer days just around the corner, it pays to be prepared for the impact the fire danger ratings and extreme heat may have on you and the services you receive from ECH.
BE BUSHFIRE SMART
If you live in, visit or drive through bushfire prone areas, make sure you know the Fire Danger Rating each day during fire danger season by checking the CFS website or listening to ABC Adelaide. If you live in a bushfire area, make sure you have a bushfire plan. On days where a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating has been forecast in your local area, you will be contacted by ECH to reschedule your services to another suitable day. For further information regarding bushfire safety, phone the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361 or visit cfs.sa.gov.au
SAFETY DURING HEATWAVES
During extreme heat ECH may change services to your home or village, which could include additional services, or some that may need to be rescheduled. ECH will always contact you to advise of any changes before they happen. It’s important to stay cool and drink more water than you normally would during a heatwave. During periods of extreme heat, the Australian Red Cross offers free daily telephone checks to people who are vulnerable and isolated, to see if they are safe and if they need any help. To register for the TelecrossREDI service call 1800 188 071 or visit redcross.org.au/get-help/community-services/telecross/telecross-redi
KNOW WHERE TO GET HEALTH ADVICE
Summer can cause serious health issues like dehydration, as well as more minor concerns like bites and stings. If you are feeling unwell and are unable to access your usual GP call Healthdirect 24 hours a day seven days a week on 1800 022 222 to speak a health professional.