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How to cope during Victoria's upcoming heatwaves

4 February 2013
By Coleman Levin
Heatwave in Australia Forecast

Lately the weather has been all over the place; reaching record highs and then cooling off completely, which is why when a heatwave passes though it feels all that more hot and uncomfortable. With the upcoming heat waves Victorian's need to prepare in order to keep their health to its regular standard. Children and elderly people are at the highest risk of suffering heat exhaustion and other heat related sicknesses.

"You want to stay in the shade and you want to make sure that you, your children, and even your pets have access to shade, so they can get out of that scorching heat. Make sure your house is cool, so already now draw your blinds, make sure that you're well ventilated and you don't get a hot house before you've started."

The Red Cross has devised some guidelines to help you cope with extreme heat:

KEEP OUT OF THE HEAT

- Plan your day in a way that allows you to keep out of the heat
- Stay indoors or in shaded areas
- Ensure your pets are well hydrated and keep indoors if possible


STAY COOL

- Use an air-conditioner, evaporative cooler, or fan to keep cool
- Have your air-conditioner serviced
- Close your blinds
- If you can, stay inside in the coolest rooms in the house
- Ensure there is sufficient air circulation through either your air-conditioner or a window
- Take cool showers


DRINK REGULARLY

- Drink regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty
- Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and sugary or fizzy drinks, these enhance dehydration

For more information visit the Red Cross Heatwave fact sheet

Picture: Australian Bureau of Metereology
 

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