Healthy living

Stay healthy when it’s hot

Everyone

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try to stay inside with a fan or air conditioner on.
  • If you have to go outside, go in the early morning or late evening and stay in the shade.
  • Always use plenty of sunscreen.
  • Don’t do a lot of exercise outside when it is very hot.
  • To help you sleep use a water spray mister on your face and body.
  • Keep taking any regular medicine even if you feel unwell because of the heat.

Babies and young children

  • Babies and young children need watching carefully when it is hot as they can get sick very quickly.
  • Cars can get dangerously hot – never leave babies, young children or pets alone in a car even if the air conditioning is on.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should drink more water than usual.
  • Always wear shoes outside on hot days – the ground can easily burn the feet of babies or young children.

Older people

  • Check on older people at least twice every day especially if they live alone.
  • Make sure older people are using their air conditioning when it is hot – always check the setting is on ‘cool’.

Your home

  • Keep your home cool by closing curtains, blinds and windows during the day.
  • If it is safe, open windows at night to let cool air in.
  • Wear as little clothing as possible when in your own home to keep cool.
  • Bacteria can grow very quickly on food in hot weather and make you ill – keep all fresh food in the fridge.
  • Animals can suffer and even die on very hot days so keep them in the house or make sure they have shade in the garden and always leave them plenty of water.

Help is available

If you think you are ill:

  • Speak to your local chemist/pharmacist or call your GP
  • Call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

If you are very sick go to your nearest hospital or call 000 for an ambulance.

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Content thanks to SA Health, Government of South Australia.


Acknowledgements
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