Heat can affect anybody, but is particularly dangerous for the very old, the very young and people with existing medical conditions.
The Department of Health provides alerts on heatwaves here
When the heat hits:
- Stay cool indoors – keep air circulating around you and use air-conditioning if possible. Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath. If it’s just too hot at your place consider visiting an air-conditioned shopping centre or your local library.
- Keep up your fluids – you need to drink more water during hot weather, regardless of how active you are. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol or drinks that contain lots of sugar.
- Protect yourself outside – if you must be outdoors, remember to protect yourself from the sun – stick to the shade and ‘slip, slop, slap’ by covering exposed skin with lightweight clothes, using sunscreen and wearing a hat.
- Take it easy – whether it’s work or play, too much physical activity on a hot day can lead to heat stress. If you can, restrict activity or travel to cooler parts of the day.
- Never leave children or pets in cars – even on cool days or if the windows are left open a fraction. Cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly and children or pets that are left unattended in parked cars for even a few minutes are at risk of serious heat-related illnesses and possibly death.
- Watch out for others – check on older, sick or frail people who may need help coping with the heat (at least twice a day)