This summer, it's important we remember to look after ourselves in extreme heat and maintain awareness about environmental events, such as bushfires.
People taking medications such as antidepressants or antipsychotics, which may affect the way the body reacts to heat, are at greater risk during periods of hot weather.
As the weather warms up, remember these tips to stay healthy in the heat:
- Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty
- Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day
- Avoid strenuous activity
- Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings
- Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds
- Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers
- Dress in loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing
- Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals, such as salads
- Watch or listen to news reports that provide more information during a heatwave
Read more about staying safe in the heat here.
Emergency services provide advance warnings of Code Red and Catastrophic Fire Alerts usually no later than 1pm a day in advance and sometimes several days beforehand. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) provides notifications of Severe Weather Warnings. These warnings are issued up to 24 hours prior to the event.
Websites to keep you informed of emergency events include: