Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness during hot weather and heatwaves.
Some groups of people – such as babies and young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who have chronic health conditions – are more at risk than others.
Simple Steps to take to Help Stay Healthy in the Heat:
- Drink plenty of fluids – water is best. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Check local weather forecasts so you know when hot weather is coming, and you can plan ahead.
- If you do have to go outside during the day, wear long, loose-fitting clothing, a hat, and sunglasses and apply plenty of SPF30+ sunscreen (don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours).
- Stay indoors as much as you can with a fan or air-conditioner on.
- If you have been prescribed medicines, keep taking them as directed.
- If you prefer to exercise outside, do it early in the day when it is cooler.
- Avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day.
- Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed during the day to keep your home cool.
Look out for family, friends and neighbours who may be at risk of heat-related illness, particularly older people who live alone.
For more information about staying healthy in the heat, visit the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/healthyintheheat