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While most people find really hot days and long spells of hot weather uncomfortable, there are some people who are at higher risk of becoming ill.
The elderly, especially those over 75 years of age, and those with existing health conditions, people taking medication or those who may be socially isolated are most at risk from hot weather.
Here are some tips to help you stay well during the summer months:
Drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways to avoid heat-related illness
Keeping your body cool by staying out of the sun and wearing loose clothing. Avoid any physical activity
To help you cool down, place icepacks under your armpits, on your groin or on the back of the neck to reduce body heat. A cool shower or bath (if feeling well enough) can help, or use a your body
Keeping your house cool by shutting curtains/ blinds early in the day. If you don’t have airconditioning you can always go to a shopping centre, library or the local pool. Stay in the coolest room in the house and try to use the stove or oven as little as possible
Watch out for other elderly friends, neighbours or relatives by encouraging them to drink water.
If needed, take them to a shopping centre, library or cinema with air-conditioning. Also ensure animals have plenty of water and shade if they are outside.
It is important to keep an eye on the weather forecasts and know who to call if you need help.
Check with your doctor if you have any health conditions that mean you are at greater risk of heatrelated illness, and what you need to do to stay safe in the heat.
If you are feeling unwell, contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency department. If you think your symptoms are serious, call for an ambulance immediately on triple zero (000).