Quick Tips to Stay Safe in Heatwaves

Quick Tips to Stay Safe in Heatwaves
16/12/2019 Kelsey

Summer is definitely here. This week Australia is expected to endure the full force of the sun and experience the hottest day on record.  

This record-breaking heat began in Western Australia. Over the past fifteen days, Perth has had six days with temperatures over 40˚C, and another seven days with temperatures over 30˚C. 

However, Western Australia is not the only state that will be affected. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the heatwave will travel to the Eastern states and territories, where cities like Adelaide, Canberra and Western Sydney can expect temperatures towards 40˚C.

Throughout this week, ensure you listen to the news to stay updated on the latest information regarding the heatwave.

In heatwave conditions, heatstroke and heat exhaustion are common, so it’s vital to remember these quick tips to stay safe in the heat. 

Keep Your Home Cool

Make sure your home is as cool as possible. Ensure you draw your curtains, blinds and awnings to keep the sun out. Make your home even cooler by keeping fans and air-conditioning running. If you don’t have air-conditioning at home, spend time somewhere else that does, such as at a family member or a friend’s house, or even at the library or shopping centre. 

Keep a Close Eye on Loved Ones

The young, elderly, sick, and pregnant are those most prone to sickness during heatwaves. Whether they are a part of your family, your friend, neighbour, or a distant relative, it’s crucial to keep an eye on those at risk whenever possible to make sure they are okay.  

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to stay safe in extreme heat. Aim to drink two to three litres of water every day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Additionally, avoid alcohol, caffeine and high sugar drinks, as these beverages actually make you more dehydrated than they do hydrated!

Wear Light Clothing

The ideal clothing to wear in hot weather is light, loose cotton clothing. Try to avoid dark-coloured clothing, as they will absorb heat rather than reflect it away as light-coloured clothing does.

Know the Symptoms of Heat Stress

Without proper medical attention, heat stress can result in serious consequences, such as heat stroke, or death. Therefore, it is critical to know the symptoms of heat stress, so that you can be prepared in these situations.

Symptoms include:

  • Excessive heavy sweating
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Swollen tongue

Stay in the Shade

When you are out and about, make sure you seek shade away from the sun and avoid hot, closed spaces whenever possible. Additionally, try to stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, between 10am and 3pm.

If you need to be in the sun, wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Not only will this protect you from the sun, but will prevent sunburn, which in turn reduces your ability to cope with heat.

At APERS, we understand that keeping your loved ones safe is the most important thing in the world.

For more information about our personal medical alarms, please call 1300 852 148 or send us a message via our website.



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