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Keeping Cool in Extreme Temperatures

Keeping cool in Owners Corporations

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When it comes to extreme temperatures and apartments, it doesn’t take long for things to heat up.

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If you live in an apartment building it’s important to prepare for the heat and ensure that your neighbours, especially the elderly are looked after.

The extreme heat can become very uncomfortable in medium and high-density buildings, particularly older ones where split-system air conditioning systems were not standard inclusions.

The Moonee Valley City Council has shared a number of tips and resources with Strata Plan, which will be of use to residents in all areas to highlight possible strategies for coping with the extreme heat.

The Moonee Valley council’s recommendations include:

  • staying indoors where possible
  • keeping well-hydrated as well
  • ensuring you to check on neighbours, particularly the elderly.

If you do have any elderly or sick neighbours within your property, consider knocking on their door during the day to check if they’re okay.

It’s also important to keep pets inside and cool. If you’re leaving home and need to leave your pet, make sure you leave them indoors where possible and ensure they have plenty of water. The RSPCA recommends freezing a treat into a block of ice to help keep them cool.

Keeping the blinds drawn can be a cost-effective way to keep your property nice and cool despite the extreme temperatures outside.

Stocking up on plenty of cooler foods like fresh fruit is another great way to keep hydrated and cool.

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You could also consider heading to your local pool. Your closest pools can be found on your local council’s website. For those living in Moonee Valley, these include:

  • East Keilor Leisure Centre: 7 am – 8 pm (1hr extension)
  • Ascot Vale Leisure Centre: 6 am – 8 pm (regular hours)
  • Queens Park Swimming Pool: 9 am – 8 pm (1-hour extension). Note: Queens Park Swimming Pool has the capacity to stay open longer if patronage demands on the day.

Libraries are another good public space offering much-needed respite from the heat. If you do leave your property and have a pet, make sure you leave them with plenty of shade and plenty of water to cope with the extreme temperatures. As occupants crank up the air-conditioning in their properties, area-wide power outages can also become a risk. If you lose power at your property, please check your local energy distributor to see if your outage is an area-wide outage or specific to your property. Here are a few links to get you started:

If your area is supplied by a different distributor, simply Google ”Power Outages” and then your suburb to find your local distributor.

Of course, Strata Plan’s Emergency Contact number is always available for after-hours emergencies.

Please understand that during extreme weather events, our after hours phone can be inundated with calls, so be sure to leave a message stating your property address, your name and your best contact number if you do leave a message.

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