Avoid heat stress this summer

As the weather heats up, people aged 65 years and over are at increased risk of heat stress (also known as heat stroke), and need to take extra care.

It’s important to be sensible in hot weather. For example, stay indoors, avoid strenuous activity, wear lightweight clothing, and drink cool water regularly throughout the day.

Other simple measures that can reduce your risk of heat stress include:

  • Pay attention to weather reports – temperatures above 37°C are particularly dangerous.
  • Review medications with your doctor – if you take medications, ask your doctor if you are at increased risk of heat stress in hot weather.
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol – tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks can dehydrate you.
  • Take note of the colour of your urine – brown or dark yellow urine suggests dehydration.
  • Stay cool – draw your blinds and curtains, and turn on your air conditioner. If you do not have an air conditioner, try cool showers or use wet towels and sit in front of an electric fan.

Where to get help:

  • Your doctor
  • In an emergency, call triple zero (000)
  • Victoria: For health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days) Victoria: NURSE-ON-CALL 1300 60 60 24
  • Tasmania: For Health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days) Healthdirect 1800 022 222

Get more information from our Health Bulletins www.baptcare.org.au/resources


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