Just Chillin’: Try These Heat Busters This Summer

Whitehorse News - January 2020

Heatwaves can have serious impacts on people's health so it's important to take care of yourself, loved ones and neighbours. Plan ahead and be prepared for extreme heat with these tips.

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 and rest often.
3. Stay indoors or in the shade whenever you can.
4.  Keep air circulating around you. Keep windows covered and turn on your fan or air conditioner.
5.  Eat smaller meals more often and make them cold meals such as salad.
6.  Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton and linen.
7.  Place wet towels on your body, put feet in cold water and take cool (not cold) showers.
8.  Consider visiting an air conditioned shopping centre, public library or cinema.

Image: Libraries are a great place to keep cool in extreme heat. Councillor Prue Cutts is pictured here with a young reader at Nunawading Library.