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Survive the heat

How To Keep Cool In Summer

When the weather is hot, we all need to take care that we do not become dehydrated or overheat.

Coping with the heat

There are a number of key points to remember:

  • Keep hydrated – if you are going out; make sure you take a bottle of water with you
  • Never leave anyone including pets in vehicles – the temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes
  • Keep cool – spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned buildings, use a fan and wear light and loose clothing
  • Plan ahead – do your activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat
  • Help others – look after those that are most vulnerable to heat: the young, the elderly and those with a medical condition

Who is most at risk?

Extreme heat events can affect anybody, however the people most at risk are those who:

  • are over 65, especially those living alone
  • have medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness
  • are taking medications which may affect the way the body reacts to heat such as: allergy medicines, blood pressure and heart medicines, seizure medicines, water pills, antidepressants or antipsychotics
  • have problematic alcohol or drug use
  • have a disability
  • have trouble moving around (bedbound or in wheel chairs)
  • are pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers
  • are babies and young children
  • are overweight or obese
  • work or exercise outdoors
  • recently arrived from cooler climates

For further tips and advice, visit the Better Health Channel. For 24 hour health advice, call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 or see your doctor if you are feeling unwell.

Keeping your pets cool

Don’t forget about keeping your pets cool during hot weather. For further information, see Council’s Keep your pets safe in hot weather page.

Power Outages

Power outages can occur at any time. For advice on what to do during a power outage, refer to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Your guide to power outages.

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