With temperatures in the high thirties expected in Orange in the coming days, and summer heatwaves on the way, it’s important to remember that some members of our community are at higher risk of heat stress and heat stroke than others.
- People aged over 75 years
- Infants and young children
- People with a chronic illness
- People who are currently sick
- People without air cooling
What can I do?
- Drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty – avoid sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeine. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day – more if you’re still thirsty.
- Check on your higher risk family members, friends and neighbours, especially those living alone or those without air cooling.
- Dress light – lighter clothing helps your body stay cool.
- Have a cool shower or bath.
- Know your medications – check with your doctor or pharmacist if they will be affected by the heat, or how they could affect you differently if you’re not hydrated enough. See your GP if you are concerned.
- Make sure your pets have plenty of access to shade and cool water to drink.
- Never leave children or pets in a parked car for any reason or for any length of time.
- Plan your day to avoid being outdoors during the hottest parts of the day.
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
- Use cooling devices if you have them, and keep curtains, blinds and windows closed.
What do I look out for?
- Heavy sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pounding headache
- Rapid heartbeat
- Red or flushed skin
- Swollen tongue
Prevent heat illness by drinking plenty of water and staying as cool as possible.