Keep cool and hydrated to beat the heat

A boy drinks from a fountain. Source: Christchurch City CouncilTemperatures are set to soar as children return to school, prompting a warning from Community and Public Health to keep cool and stay hydrated.

Weather forecasters are predicting a run of hot days, peaking on Tuesday (30th) and Wednesday (31st) with forecast highs of 32 in Christchurch.

Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey says older people, children and those with underlying medical conditions are most at risk from the impacts of heat stress.

“It’s especially important to stay out of the sun, avoid extreme physical exertion and ensure that babies, children, and elderly people (and pets) are not left alone in stationary cars.”

Dr Humphrey says extreme heat can affect blood pressure and hydration. He urges people to seek help if they feel dizzy, weak or have intense thirst or a headache.

“Good hydration is key, so try to consume at least two litres of water a day. Avoid drinking alcohol in the hot weather as it speeds up dehydration.”

Residents are advised to keep their houses cool by opening windows to get a breeze, closing curtains to keep the sun out and consider using the cool cycle on heat pumps. As Don’t forget to be SunSmart (Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap) if you do go outdoors.

Seek medical advice if you feel unwell and are concerned about your health, or someone else’s.

In Canterbury you can call your own General Practice team 24/7 for care around the clock – after hours a nurse can provide free health advice. If it’s urgent and you need to be seen, they will tell you what to do and where to go.

Source: Canterbury DHB media advisory (26th January 2018).

Published on Monday, January 29th, 2018, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 02/02/2018

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