Do you know the 5 tips to survive the heat?
It’s been pretty hot and dry lately. In fact, 2019 was the hottest and driest year on record in Australia.
Heat can kill
Did you know that heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster?
- Extreme heat can affect anybody
- Heat can cause illnesses such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to heatstroke (it’s fatal in up to 80% of cases)
- Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.
So, how can you protect yourself and your loved ones during the hot summer months?
5 tips to survive the heat
1. Drink plenty of water
- Keep a full drink bottle with you.
- Take small sips of water frequently.
- If your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much you should drink during hot weather.
2. Never leave anyone in a car
- Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars – the temperature can double in minutes.
3. Stay somewhere cool
- Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings, e.g. shopping centres.
- Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers.
- Block out the sun at home by closing curtains and blinds.
- Open the windows when there’s a cool breeze.
- Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
- If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Dress yourself and those in your care lightly.
- Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton and linen.
- Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals such as salads.
- Make sure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored.
- Avoid intense activity like exercise, renovating and gardening.
- Watch or listen to news reports for more information.
- Don’t forget your pets – keep them cool and give them plenty of water.
4. Plan ahead
- Keep up to date with weather forecasts.
- Cancel non-essential outings and plan essential activities for the coolest part of the day.
- Stock up on food, water and medicines so you don’t have to go out in the heat.
- Visit your doctor to check if changes are needed to your medicines during extreme heat.
- Store medicines safely at the recommended temperature.
- Check that your fan or air-conditioner is working.
- Prepare for power failures – ensure you have a torch, battery-operated radio, fully charged mobile phone or battery back-up, food items that don’t require refrigeration, medications, plenty of drinking water and other essential items.
- Look at the things you can do to make your home cooler such as installing window coverings, shade cloths or external blinds.
5. Check in on others
- Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, older people, young children, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
- Keep in touch with friends and family who may need help. Call or visit them on any extreme heat day.
- Encourage them to drink plenty of water.
- Offer to help family, friends and neighbours who are aged over 65 or have an illness by doing shopping or other errands so they can avoid the heat.
- Take them somewhere cool for the day or have them stay the night if they are unable to stay cool in their home.
- If you observe symptoms of heat-related illness, seek medical help.
We’re here for you
As always, we’re here for you.
If you’re affected by extreme heat, please don’t hesitate to make a booking with your Pascoe Vale doctor. In the case of an emergency, call 000.
Stay safe this summer!
Source: BetterHealth Channel