Extreme Heat Conditions
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting extreme heat conditions over parts of the Hunter for the coming week.
Extreme heat conditions pose a serious risk to human health.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks
- Keep Cool – do less and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day
- Check on elderly friends, neighbours and relatives, especially if they live alone
- Have a Plan for how to stay cool when it heats up Know the early signs of heat related illness – dizziness, fainting, tiredness, thirst, bright or dark yellow urine. If you or others experience any of these symptoms take steps to prevent it reaching dangerous levels. Move somewhere cool and drink water. If you start to feel unwell, seek medical advice.
Other things you can do:
- Cool your house by shading windows, shutting curtains and, if its safe to do so, opening windows at night to let in cool air
- Stock up on food, water or medications to avoid having to go out in the heat
- If you think it will be too hot at home, plan where else you might go to stay cool. For example, local libraries, swimming pools, galleries, shopping centres and cinemas. Try to go early so you’re not outside in the heat of the day.
- Check your medications are stored correctly. Most medications need to be stored below 25°C or in the fridge if indicated. This applies particularly to antibiotics, adrenergic drugs, insulin, analgesics and sedatives.
- Talk to your doctor about the correct use and storage of your medications and any affects they may have on you during hot weather
|To help your community stay cool and Beat the Heat, please access our “Beat the Heat” communication resources that can be FREELY downloaded to help you engage local communities, staff and clients about the health risks and strategies for staying safe during the heat.|
|Target Audience / Issue||Resources Available||Web link|
|The Elderly and those with a Disability||http://www.hccrems.com.au/product/all-of-community-heatwave-communications-resource-kit-copy/|
|Families with young children||http://www.hccrems.com.au/product/the-elderly-and-people-with-a-disability-heatwave-communications-resource-kit-copy-copy/|
|Rural and isolated communities||http://www.hccrems.com.au/product/impacts-on-medications-heatwave-communications-resource-kit-copy/|
|Avoiding Dehydration||Are you Drinking Enough? (Urine Colour Chart Poster)||http://www.hccrems.com.au/product/urine-colour-chart-are-you-drinking-enough/|
|Promotion of public facilities as community ‘Cool Spots’||Community Cool Spots Poster||http://www.hccrems.com.au/product/community-cool-spots-poster/|