How to Prepare for a Heatwave

11 December 2019 10:10 AM

Heatwaves not only affect your daily activities, but can be a serious risk to your health and wellbeing. With the predicted weather in the next few days, please ensure you get prepared and beat the heat following some these tips provided by Red Cross.

Heatwaves can be dangerous for anyone, but they're especially dangerous for older people, young children and people with a medical condition. However, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself - and your family, friends, neighbours and pets - beat the heat and keep cool this summer.

Red Cross have created some simple steps to follow to keep cool, avoid risks and to help identify heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • KNOW: Get in the know about the risk of heatwave and extreme hot weather
    Drink plenty of water - avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and sugary drinks
    Stay cool - stay indoors, keep out of the heat if you can
    Activities - do daily activities early in the day or ask for help
  • CONNECT: Get connected and prepare yourself and others before the mercury rises
    Check on friends, neighbours and relatives, particularly if they're unwell or isolated
    Prepare ahead and write down important numbers
  • ORGANISE: Get organised with these straightforward ideas and tips
    Make your home cooler, draw your blinds early 
    Hydrate - ensure your pets are hydrated and have plenty of shade when outside
    Store - store medicines safely in recommended temperature, stock up on food and water
  • ACT: Get to know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
    Heat Exhaustion: Dizzy, Pale and clammy, weak pulse, sweating, cool to touch, muscle cramps
    What to do: Find shade, rest and relax, sip water
    Heat Stroke: Headache, red and hot, thumping pulse, dry skin, temperature over 40*C, May lose consciousness
    What to do: Phone 000, cool down, watch for change

Get help

If you or someone you know shows signs of heat stroke (fits, confusion, staggering), call 000 immediately. Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency and can cause a person to collapse or fall unconscious.

More Information

Download the Red Cross Information Sheet 

View the signs and symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion and what you should do.

View the Red Cross website for more information and tips.

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