Tips for a hot day

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – The bodies of the elderly, young children and babies can’t always regulate temperature changes efficiently making them more susceptible to extreme conditions.

 

The effects of heat stress can build up over a number of days which is particularly important to remember in times of prolonged extreme temperatures.

 

Anyone experiencing severe symptoms, such as a high body temperature; nausea; dry, red, hot skin; and a rapid heart rate should seek urgent medical advice.

 

Take the following precautions:–

Check on older, sick and frail people who may need help coping with the heat.

Never leave anyone in a closed car.

Drink plenty of water and fluids (note: If your doctor normally limits your fluids or you are on fluid tablets, you may need to check how much to drink while the weather is hot).

Limit or avoid alcohol.

Stay indoors, if possible in air-conditioning.

Take a cool shower or bath.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.

Apply sunscreen at regular intervals while outdoors.

Reduce physical activity.

Avoid outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.

If possible, stay in shaded areas when outdoors.

 

Know the signs of heat stress (muscle cramps, paleness, dizziness, headache, nausea, increased heart rate, fainting, excessive sweating or no sweating with high temperature and hot, dry skin) and seek medical attention if necessary.

 

Dr Stephen Gourley

Director of Emergency Medicine, Alice Springs Hospital.

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  1. Lavinia Hampton
    Posted March 16, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I manage a playgroup in Alice Springs. We have no venue, only a hall to borrow if it is free, so most of our sessions are outside on a grassed area under some trees and shade.
    What would you limit your temperature to cancel sessions or would you have a heat policy that I could be guided by for staff?

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  2. Posted January 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    How can the elderly sit in air conditioning, when the power people have increased the price of power supply to out of reach prices. Come on, be fair.

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