Take care in heat

Extreme heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster.

With temperatures tipped to soar this week it’s important to drink plenty of water and carry a drink bottle with you.

There’s plenty you can do to keep cool this summer – seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds when at home, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.

Try to schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat.

If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.

Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.

Extreme heat causes significant stress for all animals.

Unless owners take the necessary precautions, pets can suffer and even die on very hot days.

Always provide plenty of cool, clean water and ensure pets have access to cool, shady and well-ventilated areas during all parts of the day.

It is best to leave pets at home during heat waves, they will be much more comfortable in a cool home than riding in a hot car.

If pets must be taken along for the ride, never leave them alone in a parked vehicle.

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