Stay safe, keep cool in Darebin

Published on 25 January 2024

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Darebin libraries are the place to be this summer!

If like many Darebin residents, one of your favourite ways to cool down is with a good book, game or movie then Darebin libraries is the place to be this summer. A visit to your local library can be for more than just catching up on your reading list. It can also be a time to relax, recharge and stay safe from heatwaves.

“We enjoy welcoming everyone into our libraries to stay cool on a hot day. We have solar-powered air conditioning and plenty to do, all for free! One thing that might surprise some is that we welcome food and drink in the library, so you can bring a snack and fill up your water bottle while you’re here,” says Darebin Libraries team leader, Leilani.

“There will also be lots of fun things to do. Reservoir, Preston, and Northcote Libraries are open until late on weeknights, so families can enjoy our air-conditioned spaces on those hot summer nights with access to Wi-Fi, laptops, gaming stations, board games, magazines, newspapers and books. We’ll also be running events and movies too, so please check out our website for details.”

Please remember heatwaves can be dangerous. We welcome all residents to cool down at the library this summer, especially those who are older, have young children or are pregnant, or have existing medical conditions.

Stay safe and keep cool this summer with these tips:

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty, by avoiding caffeine and sweet drinks
  • Cool down with wet towels and cool showers
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Stay inside and move less
  • Close blinds and curtains early in the morning
  • Use fans or air conditioning: consider saving energy and money by just cooling one room in your house
  • Plan to go out only during the cooler parts of the day
  • Ensure pets have water and shade
  • Hot cars can kill, so never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Know who to contact if you need help
  • Be a good neighbour: check in on older neighbours to make sure they're ok
  • Recognise heat stress signs: headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, and heavy sweating

If you don't feel well, call your doctor, Nurse-On-Call on 1300 606 024 or in an emergency, call 000 (triple zero).

For other tips and to download the Keep Cool in Darebin map.

You can also pick up a fact sheet from any of our Customer Service locations or call us on 03 8470 8888 to have one mailed out to you.

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