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.