Carcoar Swelters

With temperatures set to soar over the next few days here are some tips to help you stay cool:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.

  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.

  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.

  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves (source: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx)

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