In the heat of summer, it’s important to make sure you’re taking extra good care of your health, especially on the scorching hot days.

Too much sun can not only be detrimental to your skin, but can cause heatstroke and in the worst instance, death.

These are crucial steps all Australians can take to lower the dangers associated with going out in the heat:

  • Drink lots of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Make sure to take a bottle of water with you everywhere you go, and take regular sips from it
  • Remember that hot cars can kill which is why kids, elderly people, and pets should not be left inside them at any cost. The sauna-like effect of a hot car can have serious and permanent health consequences
  • Stay cool by seeking air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, utilise a fan, have cool showers and dress in light-weight, loose clothing
  • Schedule your activities for the coolest parts of the day and avoid doing strenuous exercise in the hottest parts of the day. If you have to go out in the heat, it’s imperative you wear a hat and wear lots of sunscreen
  • Remember to check in on others, especially those more vulnerable to the heat such as the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and of course, your pets
  • Pay attention to news reports to find out more information during extreme heat