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Stay safe in hot weather

21 January 2019

With very hot weather forecast across SA this week, and dangerous bushfire conditions in some districts, we want to remind all services to help children and staff stay safe.

It’s important for providers of education and care services to know their extreme weather policy and bushfire plan and be able to put them into action.

Let families know in advance if your service has special plans for extreme weather days.

Keep children inside in air conditioning when it’s too hot. Use shady play areas and water play. Ensure that children drink plenty of water and follow your SunSmart practices.

Some playground surfaces can overheat and burn children, but the test for this is really simple. Put your hand on a surface; and if you can leave it there comfortably for five seconds, it should be okay. If you cannot hold your hand on the surface, children may suffer burns before they can react to the temperature.

If children or staff are unwell, please contact your local GP or visit www.healthdirect.gov.au. For immediate medical attention, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

For more information, please see the Bushfire safety fact sheet.