Stay safe in the heat
Extreme heat can affect anybody. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.
Visit the Survive the heat page on the Better Health Channel to see how to stay safe in the heat.
Victoria Police provide a 24-hour police service. There are 339 police stations and other facilities in Melbourne.
Police often patrol city streets on foot or in Police cars to help protect you.
If you want to talk to the police about an incident which is not life threatening or an emergency, phone your local police station.
In an emergency, dial 000
To find out more about what to expect when you dial 000 see our page What to do in an emergency.
Many fires happen in the home.
Find out how to stay safe and prevent fires in the home on the Home safety page on the Country Fire Authority website.
Fire safety in the countryside
In hot, dry and windy weather, or in thunderstorm conditions there is a risk of bushfires. If you're bushwalking or on a short holiday in Victoria in summer, be aware of the bushfire rating.
Vic Emergency is the official Victorian Government website for emergency warnings and information. This is the best and most up-to-date resource for incidents, warnings and other weather and fire-related information. You can download the VicEmergency app (AppStore and Google Play) and set your location to receive notifications and warnings.
The Country Fire Authority also has information on how to be prepared - and how to stay safe - on the Staying safe when you travel page on the CFA website.
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has some tips for how to make the most out of holidays in Australia.
Visit the Travel Safely in Australia page on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website.
Safety for cyclists
If you ride a bicycle, make sure you know the road rules and how to stay safe on Melbourne roads.
Visit the Cyclist Safety page on the VicRoads website to see more.
Beach and Water Safety
Summer in Victoria is great for swimming and enjoying the beach!
Find out how to stay safe on our swimming beaches and at public pools by visiting the Play it Safe By the Water and the Life Saving Victoria Beach Safe website.
Learn to swim
If you don't already know how to swim, you may be able to get help from the sports and aquatic centre at your university or college.