Victorians urged to play it safe by water during state-wide heatwave

Victorians are being urged to play it safe by the water with today’s high temperatures presenting a danger to those flocking to cool off in the state’s waterways, Life Saving Victoria has warned.

With heat wave conditions having occurred across Victoria and much of the country this week,

the Bureau of Meteorology has warned Friday’s forecast high temperatures across the state could be unprecedented.

The mercury is set to soar into the 40s in most parts of the state, while the northern part of Victoria is set to be hardest hit by today’s heat – with some inland areas such as Mildura and Swan Hill predicted to reach highs of 47 degrees celsius.

Life Saving Victoria’s General Manager Lifesaving Services Simon White said this week’s hot weather was a timely reminder to all Victorians about the need to play it safe by the water this summer, especially over the festive season and holiday period.

“Last year’s drowning toll was the highest in 20 years and nearly half of those drownings took place in summer,” Mr White said.

“All Victorians and visitors to our state’s waterways are urged to heed vital water safety messages before heading out to a day on the water.

“This includes, wherever possible, swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches and being aware of your own abilities around water, the conditions and the weather.

If you are unsure where to swim, we recommend you head to beachsafe.org.au/ or download the BeachSafe App.

“Take additional precautions when exposed to the elements on extreme weather days. If you’re on the beach and need assistance in the heat, ask a lifesaver, but remember to take personal responsibility by checking the conditions.

“If visiting inland waterways, wear a lifejacket when boating and fishing and remember that rivers, creeks and dams have hidden dangers. Always supervise children around water including at public and private pools.

“At this time of year, Life Saving Victoria also wants to remind people that alcohol and water don’t mix – especially when drinking during hot weather or at work functions. If you are drinking around water, have a designated non-drinker with you at all times.”

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