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Hot tips for summer

19 Nov 2019


With temperatures expected to be very high this summer, people are reminded to check on the welfare of others, especially on hot days, minimise physical activity during the heat of the day and continue to drink plenty of water.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Director of Public Health, Associate Professor Bradley Forssman says staying cool is the best way to remain healthy and avoid a visit to your local emergency department or GP.

“Preparation is key to surviving the hotter months. Simple things such as checking the weather daily, monitoring your fluids, buying cool packs and staying in the shade are just some of the many things everyone can do to beat the heat,” says Associate Professor Forssman.

Hot weather can cause a number of symptoms including irritability, thirst, dizziness, faintness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, rapid pulse, fast and shallow breathing, loss of the ability to sweat, reduced urine output and seizures.

Some people in the community can be at greater risk during hot weather and it is important to be mindful of their health.

“If you have elderly neighbours, friends or relatives I urge you to check they are managing the hot weather. Pregnant women, overweight people, babies and young children as well those with chronic health conditions are also particularly vulnerable,” says Associate Professor Forssman.

“If you or someone you care for is showing signs of severe heat related symptoms, please visit a GP or the emergency department and get checked.”

Associate Professor Forssman’s top tips the beat the heat include:

  • drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, sugary and caffeinated drinks
  • where possible seek out shade, shelter in air conditioned buildings (such as shopping centres and libraries) or sit yourself near an electric fan
  • close windows, doors, curtains and blinds at home during the day and open them in the cool of the night to keep your home a little cooler
  • regularly check on others especially elderly friends and family, pregnant women, children, babies and those who are already unwell or have chronic health conditions.

More information and tips can be found on the NSW Health Beat the Heat website.