Beat the heat! And know what to do when you don’t…
Every summer in Australia, heat waves and very hot weather contribute to hyperthermia (heat-induced illness), from mild heat rash or cramps to life-threatening heat stroke requiring hospitalisation.
How to BEAT the heat…
Hyperthermia is a result of mild or severe dehydration. The best way to beat the heat is to keep hydrated, especially when out in the sun or when physically active. Sun protection is also key!
Mild to moderate signs
- Sweating heavily
- Collapse and/or altered consciousness
- Hot, dry, red skin
- Lack of sweating (however profuse sweating may still be evident)
- Altered state of consciousness
- Collapse / unconsciousness
5 steps to TREAT the heat:
- Call 000 for an ambulance for severe signs.
- Remove person from heat and make comfortable in a cool shady area (lying down if practical).
- Remove excessive clothing and loosen lighter clothing.
- If conscious, give frequent sips of cool water.
- Actively cool body by applying wrapped ice packs to neck, groin and armpits.