Summer is a great time to get out and about, socialise and enjoy life, but the hot weather can also bring with it some health risks. By taking a few simple precautions you can enjoy a happy and healthy summer.
Be Sun Smart
Most skin cancers can be prevented by using good sun protection. From mid-August to the end of April, if you’re heading outside for more than a few minutes wear clothing that offers good covering along with sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Plus, seek shade where you can.
De-hydration can cause serious health issues, so it’s important that as the temperature goes up, so does the amount you drink – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Signs of dehydration include low urination and dark coloured urine, dry mouth, headaches, tiredness and dizziness. Aim to consume around eight glasses of water throughout the day.
If the electricity is out at your home visit sapowernetworks/outages or call 13 13 66 to check if there is an outage in your area, if not it may be a fault at your property. You can also sign up to text message alerts for your address, which notify you when the power is out and the estimated time it will be back on. If it’s a very hot day and the power is out for an extended period, seek an airconditioned place like a public library or shopping centre until the power is back on.
Heatwave Safety Calls
The Australian Red Cross offers a free service called Telecross REDi, to call and check on older and vulnerable people during heatwaves. Someone will call once a day to check you are safe, and make sure you get help if you need it. To register for the service call 1800 188 071 or visit redcross.org.au/get-help/community-services/telecross/telecross-redi
Be cautious not to leave refrigerated foods out for very long as they can grow dangerous levels of bacteria. Food like dips and dairy should be thrown out if they have been out of the fridge for a couple of hours or more.