With temperatures expected to reach around 43C today, it’s important to stay healthy in the heat.
According to the NSW Government Health website you should drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine and eat light, cold meals such as salads and fruit.
Remember to look out for your neighbours and friends, especially the elderly, sick and those who cannot take care of themselves.
- Close the windows and doors and turn on the air conditioner; you can also put towels under the doors to keep hot air out and the cool air in.
- If you don’t have air conditioner, you can make your own by sitting in the path of a portable fan aimed at a pan or container of ice; probably not as good as the real thing, but better than nothing.
- Take cool showers, use a spray bottle with cold water and put cold, damp towels on your head and shoulders.
- Heat rises, so stay downstairs and find the coolest room in your house (this will often be on the ground floor on the south side).
- Turn off computers and appliances that generate extra heat and avoid cooking on the stove or using the oven by eating fresh foods.
- Keep medication stored at the required temperature.
- Stay in the shade and keep covered with light, loose fitting clothes that protect you from the sun; avoid dark colours as they absorb heat.
- Carry a bottle of water everywhere you go and wear a hat and sunscreen.
- When working, do the more strenuous tasks earlier in the day and take frequent breaks.
For more information and tips on beating the heat visit http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx.