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Beat the heat this summer with these top tips

4 Jan 2018

Thinking ahead is the key to staying on top of summer heat as the temperature rises.

Whitehorse Councillor Denise Massoud said extreme hot weather could lead to heat-related illness that could affect anybody, but pregnant women, the elderly, babies, young children and people with a disability were more at risk.

“If you know extreme heat is on the way, make sure you contact friends, family or neighbours who might be especially vulnerable to see if they need help combatting hot weather,” Cr Massoud said.

“There are many things you can do to keep cool and avoid heat stress, sunburn, dehydration and the discomfort that comes with an extremely hot day.”

10 top tips for keeping your cool:

  1. Drink plenty of water or other cool, non-alcoholic fluids even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinking extremely cold liquids as they can cause stomach cramps.
  2. Reduce activity and avoid exercise. If activity is unavoidable, try to schedule it for the cooler part of the day − in the morning or evening − and rest often.
  3. Whenever possible, stay indoors or in the shade.
  4. Stay cool and keep air circulating around you. Keep windows covered and use a fan or air conditioning if possible.
  5. Consider visiting an air conditioned shopping centre or public library.
  6. Eat smaller meals more often and make them cold meals such as salad.
  7. Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton and linen.
  8. Place wet towels on your body, put feet in cold water and take cool (not cold) showers.
  9. Never leave children, older people or pets in cars, as the temperature in a car can rise in minutes up to 30 degrees more than outside temperatures.
  10. For urgent help if you or someone you know is suffering from heat-related illness or stress, phone 000 and ask for an ambulance.

Source: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

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