EMERGENCY services, VicRoads and V/Line are urging Victorians to keep their cool as we enter the hottest week of the summer to date.
VicRoads is reminding people who are driving long distances this week to protect yourself, your family and pets.
A VicRoads spokesperson said vehicle breakdowns were common in hot weather as cars overheat.
“Don’t take unnecessary trips in adverse conditions, leave earlier or postpone your trip,” the spokesperson said.
“Vehicle breakdowns are more likely to occur in extreme heat. Check your car before you leave. Do not run the risk of running out of fuel or water. Carry plenty of drinking water.
“If you must travel on days of extreme weather, inform someone of which route you plan to take and how long you think it will take to arrive at your destination. Travel early in the day when conditions are cooler.”
Emergency Services, including the CFA are reminding residents to check the VicEmergency App for up to the minute weather and fire details. It is also important to keep your radio on for up to date weather and traffic conditions.
V/Line trains from Ballarat will be running on the extreme heat timetable until at least Wednesday. For access to the timetable, visit vline.com.au
The Department of Health and Human Services has declared the central region, which Ballarat falls into as a ‘near threshold’ health day. Districts including Mallee, North-Central, North-East and Northern Country are on heat alert this week.
In case of an emergency ring 000.
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