Over the hot summer months, Victoria can be a dangerous to live during the bushfire season. Each year there are a number of days where there is high risk of a fire. These are called Code Red days. No matter how hot it is out there. I can guarantee that if you look at your Strava feed, there’s always some fool out there riding.
“A man gives a gun to a chimp and the chimp shoots someone you don’t blame the chimp!”
-Marcy Rhodes, Married with Children
There’s enough great places out there to ride that you don’t need to choose one which is potentially dangerous. Such as bushfire prone areas.
If you live in Melbourne, then you will most likely be riding in some very hot temperatures at some stage. Below are a list of tips you should follow to make sure you remain safe during the hot summer days.
Tips to survive riding on hot days:
- Fires love hot, windy days. Avoid riding on these types of days
- Keep hydrated and carry plenty of fluids
- Keep an eagle eye on the weather forecast
- Let friends and family know where you are riding
- Beat the heat and start your ride early
- On days where there is a fire risk avoid riding in bushfire prone areas
- Choose a route where it is easy to purchase drinks along the way
- Be familiar with the area. You need to be able to identify a number of exits to get away in the event of an emergency
- If riding through a bushfire prone area and see or smell smoke call 000 and report it and then turn around and get the hell away from there
- Keep an eye of the CFA Website for warning and advice on where to avoid