Tips to Survive the Summer Heat

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On hot days, the effects of extreme heat can cause exhaustion and heat stroke – that’s why it is so important to regulate your body temperature and stay cool. Here are some tips to survive the extreme heat this summer:

1. Drink plenty of water

The Department of Health & Human Services recommends keeping a full bottle of water with you at all times and taking small sips of water frequently, rather than drinking large amounts in a short space of time. The recommended daily intake of water is 2.1 litres for females and 2.6 litres for males.

2. Plan ahead

Watch the weather forecast, and plan ahead:
  • Book appointments or go shopping in the morning,  rather than in the late afternoon during the hottest part of the day.
  • Make sure you have enough medication and other essential items to last throughout the forecasted extreme heat.
  • Have a torch, battery-operated radio, fully charged mobile phone or battery back-up, and some food items that don’t require refrigeration or cooking readily available if power outages occur.

3. Find a cool place to hang out

Stay in cool or air-conditioned buildings, as much as possible. If you feel your home gets too hot throughout the day, consider visiting your local library, shopping centre, or cinema. At home, block the sun out by closing curtains and blinds and keep yourself cool with wet towels, cool (not cold) showers, and soak your feet in cool water.

4. Check in on others

 

Image: Better Health, Department of Health & Human Services

If you are able, check in on others by visiting or calling those who may be particularly vulnerable in the heat – such as, your elderly neighbour and those with a pre-existing medical condition. Keep in touch with family and friends in case they require assistance or if you find yourself in need of their help.

5. Don’t forget your pets

Like us, pets are vulnerable to extreme heat. Make sure they have access to shade, plenty of water and watch for signs of heat exhaustion. myvet Strathfieldsaye has some excellent advice on how to keep your pets cool during summer on their website, and can even do consultations in your home if you can’t get your pet into the clinic (Bendigo region only).

For more heat health tips and to learn the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, visit the Department of Health & Human Services Better Health Website.