December 20, 2018

Are you prepared for the summer heat?

Are you prepared for the heat?

It’s time to think about what to do on days when it’s extremely hot.

Hot weather can cause serious illness, but this can be avoided with some simple preparations.

Do you know what to do?


Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.


Check on others, especially older adults and people with health problems.


Keep out of the sun. If you must go outside, wear lightweight protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and use plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF30+).


If you have a fan or air-conditioner, make sure it is working (and set to cool). If you do not have a fan or air-conditioner, open doors and windows where safe to do so. Close curtains and blinds.


Make sure your pets are kept out of the sun and have plenty of cool water to drink.


Be aware of the early signs of heat-related illness: thirst, dizziness, irritability, tiredness, sweating and muscle twitches. Cool down or seek help. In an emergency, call 000 for help.


This is especially important for older adults, pregnant women, those caring for babies or young children, or people living with a disability or health problem that makes it more likely they could suffer a heat-related illness.

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