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2014-01-14

Be aware in Heatwave.

Be Careful in Heatwave.

Just a friendly reminder, to be careful working outside this week with this heatwave going across Australia. Check you local Fire Authority warnings & incidents on their websites. 

Plus be aware of bush fires & snakes in the area you are woking.

Also remember to keep your fluids up too, so you do not dehydrate.


Below are some safety tips from the SES South Australia website. To read more Click here

The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Those at serious risk include:

  • Elderly people
  • Babies and young children
  • People with serious mental health problems
  • People on certain medication
  • People with serious chronic conditions (particularly breathing or heart problems)
  • People who already have a high temperature
  • People with mobility problems
  • People who misuse alcohol or take illicit drugs
  • People who are physically active, such as manual workers and sportspeople.
Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated
You should drink two to three litres of water a day even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid 'fizzy', alcoholic and caffeinated drinks and do not take salt tablets (unless instructed to by a GP).

Dress for summer

Dress for summer
Lightweight, light coloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain a normal temperature.

check risk Check on those at risk
Visit at risk individuals such as the sick and elderly at least twice a day and keep an eye on children. Watch for signs of heat-related illness.
Minimise sun exposure Minimise sun exposure
Keep out of the sun as much as possible. If you must be in the sun, wear a shirt, hat and sunglasses. Also make sure you wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn, which limits the body's ability to cope with heat.
prepare your home Prepare your home
Prepare your home early. Service or replace your air conditioner BEFORE you need it. Curtains, awnings and blinds can also help to keep the home cool.
Make use of air conditioning Make use of air conditioning
If you don't have air conditioning, make use of public facilities such as shopping centres, art galleries, cinemas or other air conditioned buildings. Portable fans are also useful in drawing in cool air, or exhausting warm air from a room.
Remeber your pets Remember your pets
Pets can be particularly vulnerable to the heat. Make sure they have shade and plenty of cool water to last the day.
Seek medical advice Seek medical advice if necessary
For medical advice contact your local GP or telephone Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222. For immediate medical assistance telephone 000

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