With the mercury soaring Australia wide this week, and the Bureau of Meteorology prediction for extreme heatwaves in South Australia, Red Cross urges everyone to take extra care and follow some simple tips for staying cool.
“Extremely hot weather can cause serious health problems – most people don’t know that more Australians have died as a result of heatwaves than because of floods, bushfires or cyclones,” says Australian Red Cross Emergency Services Manager in South Australia, Jai O’Toole. “Older people, pregnant women, children, those with a disability and people taking medications are among those who are more at risk.”
Extreme heat can also cause major disruptions to daily life, such as electricity cuts, the closure of schools and workplaces, and disruptions to public transport.
“Everyone is affected by the heat in different ways, but there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the effects,” Mr O’Toole says. “Top of the list is keeping out of the heat and making sure you drink water regularly.”
“For South Australians in the grips of a severe heat wave this week, make sure you check in on those who are vulnerable. Red Cross will also be making phone calls from tomorrow to those who have signed up for our South Australian Telecross REDI service, so we can make sure those who are isolated or vulnerable are doing okay in this extreme weather.”