Summer Tips for Managing the Heat

January 25, 2019| Health and Wellbeing /

Well, it's definitely summer in Australia and while our mates in Queensland are literally cooking eggs on their cars (not recommended), it's a good time to check in with loved ones and those who might be struggling today.

Here are some tips on getting through the hot days this summer:

  • Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

  • Avoid drinking liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar – these can cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

  • Stay indoors and, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.

  • Block out the sun: keep your house cool by shutting curtains and pulling down exterior blinds, turn off unnecessary lights.

  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is very high, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath can help to cool off.

  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle – including pets.

  • Check regularly on infants, young children, the elderly and people who have a physical or mental illness as they are at greater risk.

  • Know the signs of dehydration, and ask for help if you need it. Epworth provides emergency department services in Geelong (8am – 10pm, seven days) and Richmond (24/7).

  • Keep an eye out for any Vic Emergency warnings, including bushfire alerts.

If you’re pregnant or have a little one to care for, check out the video below for tips on keeping you and bub cool.

Dion Van de Kamp

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