Take Care Over Summer

Written by: The Hawkesbury Phoenix


We’ve already had some stinking hot days this summer and we’re only a couple of weeks into the season.

People are urged to take steps to ensure they remain hydrated and avoid the pitfalls of heat stroke and other health conditions brought on by extreme hot weather.

Simply deciding to remain indoors can do wonders for helping you manage the heat.

The Australian Red Cross website has several useful resources on what to do in the leadup and during a heatwave.

You can also download the Australian Red Cross “Get Prepared” app to complete your RediPlan online.

Tips for coping with h the heat include:

  • Regularly drinking, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water is the best option. Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and sugary or fizzy drinks as they make dehydration worse.
  • Eat little and often rather than large meals. Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water;
  • Stay indoors in the coolest rooms of your house or in the shade during the hottest part of the day.
  • Take cool showers and splash yourself with cold water several times a day, particularly your face and the back of your neck. A loose, cotton, damp cloth or scarf on the back of the neck can also help you stay cool.
  • Make sure there is sufficient air circulation, either from an air conditioner or by leaving a secured window or door open.
  • If you must go out, stay in the shade. Wear a hat and light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes, preferably made of natural fibres. Wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 to exposed skin. If you will be outside for some time, take plenty of water with you.
  • Look out for your family, friends and neighbours. If you know someone who might be susceptible to heat stress, stop by or give them a call and make sure they know what to do to stay cool.
  • Visit www.redcross.org.au/prepare/ or download the Australian Red Cross Get Prepared app for more information on how to prepare for heatwaves and other emergencies.

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