The duration of excessive heat plays an important role in how people are affected by a heat wave.  Extreme heat can cause illness and death and can affect anyone at any time. For example; heat rash, cramps, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke/sunstroke.  

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Babies and infants, older people, those with pre-existing medical conditions or on certain medications, and people living alone are more at risk. Pets and livestock are also susceptible.

  • Stay out of the sun, avoid extreme physical exertion and drink lots of water.
  • Put sun safety practices into action.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing.
  • Keep your home cool by opening windows to catch the breeze and keeping curtains or blinds closed to keep the sun out.
  • Do not to leave anyone, particularly children, older people or pets alone in parked cars.
  • If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, and try to stay out of the sun.
  • Seek medical help if feeling weak or dizzy or if having intense thirst or a headache.

Contact Healthline for advice from trained registered nurses by calling freephone 0800 611 116.


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