There are some simple things you can do to reduce the impact of extreme heat.
What is a heatwave
A heatwave is an extended period of abnormally and uncomfortably hot and unusually humid weather.
Heatwaves can have a detrimental impact on communities. They affect many parts of everyday life including health and wellbeing.
Here are some simple things you can do to reduce the impact of extreme heat:
- 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 doctor)
- dress for summer – lightweight, light coloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain a normal temperature
- 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 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 – 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
- 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 if necessary – for medical advice telephone Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222. For immediate medical assistance telephone 000.
Stay cool at Council facilities
If you don’t have an air conditioner at home, visit one of our three libraries where you can relax and take it easy.
If you are shopping on The Parade, Norwood, drop into the Norwood Town Hall where there is cool drinking water available at the front counter.
If you are a water lover, cool off at the Norwood or Payneham Swimming Centres – the pools are heated to 27 degrees and there is plenty of shade.
You can check weather forecasts and UV times by using the SunSmart Alert widget.
The SunSmart UV Alert times are issued throughout the year by the Bureau of Meteorology when the UV Index is forecast to reach 3 or above.
For more information and to download the Stay Healthy in the Heat Fact Sheet which is available in different languages, visit: SA Health