Towong Shire

Hot weather and heatwave

Hot weather and heatwave

Staying healthy in the heat

Every summer people suffer from heat stress when the body absorbs more heat than it can dispel and can result in illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Who is at risk?

  • People aged over 65 years, especially those living alone
  • People who have health problems
  • Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, babies and young children
  • People who work or are physically active outdoors 

What should you do during hot weather or heatwave conditions?

  • Check on friends and neighbours, especially if they are elderly or alone
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty
  • Don't leave kids, pets or anyone else in the car
  • Dress for the heat - loose, light coloured clothing is best
  • Go to an air-conditioned building to cool off - local shops, community centre, library or cool off at the pool
  • Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit
  • For 24 hour health advice contact NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024

For visitors to Towong Shire:

  • Where possible, do your outdoors sightseeing and activities in the cooler early morning and twilight hours
  • Find out local health service information
  • Monitor local weather conditions and be well prepared for hot days
  • Carry extra water and ensure vehicles are safety checked

Visit the Better Health Channel for further information about staying healthy in the heat

 

Last updated: 06 December 2016