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Declaration of Total Fire Ban - Wednesday 16 December 2009

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15 Dec 2009
The CFA has declared a day of Total Fire Ban for the North-West, North-East, South-West and Central Districts of Victoria on Wednesday 16 December 2009.

For further information, visit the CFA website at

Wednesday's forecasted temperature is expected to be 39ºC.

DHS recommends everyone should follow this practical advice to help prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids (non-alcoholic) (Note: If your doctor normally limits your fluids check how much to drink during hot weather)
  • Spend as much time as possible in cool air-conditioned buildings, if not at your home, at shopping centers, cinemas, libraries or community centers
  • Keep cool by using damp towels and taking cool showers in the day and night
  • Never leave anyone in a closed parked car
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid strenuous activity like sport, home improvements or gardening
  • If you must go out, stay in the shade, wear a hat and light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes and take plenty of water with you
  • Don’t rely on fans unless there is adequate ventilation
  • Know the signs and symptoms of excessive heat exposure and know how to respond.

More detailed information about heat stress can be found in the Public Health Information - Preventing Heat-Related Illness pdf document.

For health information regarding heat-related illness contact Nurse on Call 1300 60 60 24.

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or

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