Beat the heat over summer!

13th December 2019

Heatwaves or long periods of extreme heat can have serious impacts on people's health. It’s important to plan ahead and be prepared this summer.

NSW Health has a number of webpages with tips on staying healthy in the heat and protecting yourself from bushfire smoke.



Remember these steps to reduce your risk:

Drink plenty of water

Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks including tea and coffee (they can make dehydration worse).

Keep cool

Keep your body cool by drinking cold drinks, eating smaller cold meals such as salads and fruit, and wearing light coloured, loose fitting clothes made from natural fibres like cotton.

Keep your house cool by closing windows, shutting curtains and blinds, opening windows at night if you can to let in cool air. Use your stove and oven as little as possible.

Take care of others

Visit or telephone elderly friends, neighbours and relatives, at least once a day, check that they have water in the fridge and consider taking them to a cool place like a shopping centre, library or cinema.

Have a plan

Know who to call if you need help. If you feel unwell, seek medical advice from your doctor or nearest hospital. Know what to do in case of a bushfire.

Keep your food safe

Make sure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored (the temperature in the fridge should be between 0 degrees celcius and 5 degrees celcius). Defrost foods in the fridge, not on the kitchen bench.

Source: NSW Health

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