Beat the heat this summer | Mirage News
This summer is expected to be one of the hottest we have seen in several years, with meteorological authorities declaring it an El Niño summer. This is expected to result in reduced rainfall, intense and prolonged heat, and increased fire danger.
Extreme heat and heatwaves can affect anyone and kill more Australians than any other natural disaster. Being prepared for extreme heat can help reduce its effects and save lives.
Top 10 tips to beat the heat
- Stay hydrated – Make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty.
- Plan ahead – It is best to plan ahead when and where you are going. Try to go outside only during the cooler part of the day and keep activities in air-conditioned spaces.
- Stay at home and make the most of it – The best advice is to stay put and make use of the resources you have at home, for example, air conditioning and fans. We also recommend closing the curtains and blinds and only using the coolest rooms in your home.
- Keep your body cool – There are many ways to keep your body cool, including using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water or taking a cool (but not cold) shower.
- Limit movement – Try to reduce the amount you move and the level of energy you expend.
- Prepare for a power outage – Make sure you have some battery-powered essentials (e.g., radios, torches, fans) and stock up on water, ice, and unrefrigerated foods.
- Be smart about the sun – It’s best to avoid direct sunlight completely, but if you need to go out, be sure to wear protective clothing, accessories and sunscreen.
- Check in with others regularly — including those who may be more susceptible to heat illness. For example, infants, young children, people over 65, pregnant women, people with unsafe housing and anyone with a medical condition or disability.
- LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND – Never leave children, adults or pets in parked vehicles because the temperature inside can double in minutes.
- Know when the heat is about to arrive – follow the latest weather forecasts to know when it’s best to go outside or stay inside. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) can help with this.
Heat-related illnesses can occur quickly, from heat rash to life-threatening heatstroke. If you see any heat-related symptoms occurring to you or others – for example, rash, dizziness, nausea, fainting, convulsion and confusion – seek help from a doctor or nurse on call (1300 60 60 24) or if it appears life threatening, Call three zeros (000).
It may take three or more days after a heatwave for the body to fully recover, so be sure to continue implementing the tips above and monitor your health closely during this time.