Keep cool at a Council library and beat the heat this summer

Council is reminding residents, particularly seniors and parents and carers of babies and young children, to keep cool and stay hydrated as temperatures continue to soar this summer.

Mayor Karen Williams urged residents to take advantage of Council’s air-conditioned public spaces to escape the heat.

“Council’s libraries are an excellent place to visit and we should especially make use of these facilities during the hot weather to keep cool,” Cr Williams said.

“As well as comfortable surrounds for people to sit and enjoy the great range of books, newspapers and magazines on offer, the libraries also host a range of free activities for people to take part in throughout the day, from Internet access to various workshops and guest speaker talks.”

Mayor Williams also reminded residents to take special care of those most vulnerable to the hotter temperatures.

“The elderly, babies and young children are especially prone to the heat and we can all help by keeping an eye out for signs of heat-related illness,” Cr Williams said.

“Visit your elderly relatives and neighbours a couple of times a day to make sure their homes are well ventilated and they are keeping hydrated.”

“If you have babies or young children in your care make sure they are drinking plenty of water and watch for signs of dehydration.”

For a full list of signs of heat-related illness and a detailed checklist on what you can do to prepare for summer heatwaves, visit and click on Beat the Heat.

First aid tips:

  • In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. 
  • Seek medical advice from your doctor, hospital or health clinic. 
  • Sit or lay the person in a cool spot in the shade or under cover. 
  • If the person is unconscious, lay them on their side. 
  • Remove as much of the person’s clothing as possible and loosen tight clothing. 
  • Cover the person with a sheet soaked with tap water (not iced water). 
  • Use fans or air-conditioning to help the person cool down. 
  • Give the person water to drink, if they can swallow.