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Preparing for Heatwaves

Preparing for heatwaves


As summer approaches, so does the risk of heatwaves. It’s a good idea to re-acquaint yourself with steps to take care of yourself in this dangerous time.


High risk weather season (HRWS) generally runs from October to April every year. Official predictions suggest that weather will be hot and dry with severe fire danger in most parts of Australia this year.


Simple ways to keep cool in heatwaves


Keeping cool is the first step to remaining healthy during heatwaves. Tips to keep cool:
• Cold drinks and cold meals should be the core of your diet, like water, salads and fruit.
• Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fibres like cotton.
• Stay out of the sun, especially between 11am and 5pm
• Put wet towels or cool packs on your arms or neck.
• Take cool showers or baths or put your feet in cool water.
• Limit physical activity, like household chores or exercise, to early in the morning when it is coolest.
• If you must go outside, apply sunscreen, wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses and take water with you.


Stay hydrated in heatwaves


Drinking enough water and staying well hydrated keeps you healthy during the heat. To stay hydrated and check your hydration:
• Drink plenty of water regularly even if you don’t feel thirsty.
• Check the colour of your urine – if it’s pale, you’re drinking enough
• Talk to your GP about how much water you should drink in hot weather, especially if they normally limit your fluids.
• Carry water with you if go outside.
• Stock your fridge with cold water and freezer with ice

Keep your home cool in heatwaves


Keeping your home cool helps to protect yourself from heat and keep the heat away. To keep your home cool:
• Shut windows, curtains and blinds during the day and open them at night to let in cool air and create a cross breeze.
• Use air-conditioning set to cool or fans if you have them.
• Spend time in the coolest area of your house (often on the ground floor on the south side)
• Use your stove and oven as little as possible.


Core information from Health Direct. For more information, visit

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