Summer Tips for Managing the Heat
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.
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.
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