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Stay cool and hydrated this summer

21 December 2017

Living in Australia during summer we know to expect heat waves and long periods of extreme heat. Still, there is nothing like being prepared to minimise the impact of heat on our holiday plans.

A recent press release from NSW Health highlighted some super simple ways to avoid heat-related illnesses this summer:

  • Drink plenty of water, and remember to carry some with you when out and about.
  • Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks.
  • Plan your day around the heat, particularly in the middle of the day, and minimise physical activity.
  • Keep the sun out by shading windows with curtains, blinds or closing shutters.
  • Keep windows closed during the day until it cools down and shut again in the early morning.
  • Try to spend time in an air-conditioned place like a shopping centre, library or cinema.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • When outdoors, stay protected from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
  • Check on elderly neighbours and relatives.

Little ones are at a higher risk of being affected by the heat. According to NSW Health babies and children’s bodies cannot adjust to changes in temperatures as well as adults – they sweat less, reducing their bodies ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults.

Take care this summer. For more information on how to beat the heat visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat