Beat the heat this summer

    Australia’s weather may very well be the envy of many, but the heatwaves we experience can cause great stress on our bodies. With summer temperatures starting to really kick in, it is essential that we stay cool and hydrated.

    Tips to stay safe during summer months:

    Drink plenty of water

    It is important to drink water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Staying well-hydrated is one of the best ways to avoid heat related illness. Alcohol and hot sugary drinks can make dehydration worse, so avoid these and stick to H2O.

    Keep your body cool

    Keeping cool can help prevent heat-related illness. Simple measures such as staying out of the sun, drinking cold drinks and eating smaller cold meals will all help. Make sure you wear light coloured, loose fitting clothes, and take a cool bath or shower.

    Keep your home cool

    If you have air-conditioning, use it, but everyone can keep the temperature down inside the home by shutting curtains and blinds during the day. Try to avoid using the stove and oven, and stay in the coolest room in your house. If the heat is unbearable go to a cool space such as a shopping centre, cinema, swimming pool… or even to an ice-skating rink like Ice World at Acacia Ridge where residents from Churches of Christ Care Clive Burdeu Aged Care Service kept their cool recently.

    Keep your food safe

    Be sure to keep food stored at proper temperatures and defrost frozen food in the fridge, not on the bench.

    Stay safe in the sun

    If you absolutely must go out in the sun, remember to always protect your skin. Queensland Health has highlighted five important ways to protect yourself from the sun:

    There are certain people who have a higher risk of being affected by the heat, these include:

    • abies and young children
    • babies and young children
    • people with health conditions or taking certain medication
    • people who are socially isolated
    • elderly people aged over 75 years
    • people who are not acclimatised to the heat, such as overseas visitors

    If you know anyone who fits into these categories, check in with them regularly to make sure they are coping well in soaring temperatures.

    To find out more about staying healthy in the heat, including what heat-related illnesses and symptoms to look out for, visit the Queensland Health website.

    Posted February 9, 2016 in Lifestyle blog