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Summer's in full swing now, and that means that we're likely to experience extreme heat and heatwaves - which can pose a serious health risk, particularly to the very young, old and those with existing health conditions.

SA Health have provided some simple steps to help you stay healthy in the heat:

  • Check your fans and air-conditioners to make sure they are working, and that filters, pads and air vents are clean
  • Check the weather forecast so you know when hot weather is coming
  • Drink plenty of water and always take water with you when you go out. Avoid alcohol as it can lead to dehydration
  • Avoid going out in the heat
  • Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed during the day to keep your home cool
  • Cool off with a cold shower or bath
  • Never leave children or pets in a parked car
  • Avoid taking babies or young children out in the hottest part of the day
  • If you exercise outside, do it early in the day or late in the evening when the temperature is cooler and try to stay in the shade
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses, and light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, as well as plenty of SPF30+ sunscreen when outside.

Visit the SA Health, Healthy in the Heat page for much more information or go directly to the Older people and hot weather page

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