Heatwaves hitting Australia are getting more frequent, particularly these past years. Children and the elderly are especially at risk, and so are people with chronic diseases.
Intense heat, coupled with a rise in humidity, can bring about serious problems, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Though we can do little to change the climate, here are a few things we can do to get through those heatwaves.
Use an air conditioner
Even in Sydney, seniors are reluctant to use air-conditioners. However, getting professional contractors such as Conduct Air Conditioning to install or service air conditioning units is one of the best things you can do to avoid dangers associated with heatwaves.
It is very important for households with vulnerable people to use every cooling option available. Getting an app or a timer that automatically turns on your air conditioning by midday and shuts down by evening can be a big help. This method cools your house while reducing consumption at peak rates.
Avoid physical activity outdoors
Higher temperatures and humidity cause larger strain on your heart — more so with vigorous physical activity. Try to schedule your physical activity after the sun goes down, or do your activities indoors or in the shade.
If you have a heart condition, avoid exercising (even doctor approved exercise) if both the temperature and humidity are high. Common heart medications can make you more vulnerable to heat-related problems.
Drink lots of fluids. Drinking water lowers your body temperature and prevents dehydration. Consider drinking a sports drink to replenish electrolytes lost through sweating. However, avoid alcohol and caffeine as these drinks can make you pee a lot and contribute to dehydration.
Staying safe in the heat can take a bit of work, but nothing is more important than your health. Do not disregard heatwave warnings and make sure your loved ones are also doing their part of staying safe in this heat.