The heat wave in Australia, particularly in Sydney, smashed its record in 2017 when it reached 47C. This led thousands to Bondi Beach where the temperature was cooler. But, it didn’t stop 53 bushfires from surfacing and causing high air pollution.
Aside from natural disasters, heat waves can also affect your health. Heat exhaustion, for instance, leads to rashes, headaches, dizziness, and swelling.
If you’re outdoors during a heat wave, take shelter as soon as possible. And don’t forget these important reminders as well to avoid fatal heat strokes and dehydration:
Keep your house cool
One of the best ways to keep the heat out of your home is to close your windows during the day and turn on your air conditioner. Keep in mind, however, that your air conditioning unit must be clean and work well. So before summer strikes make sure to contact air conditioning companies in Sydney to have your unit checked. At night, open your windows to let cool air in. If you want to rest your AC, use a desk fan and turn it into a makeshift air-conditioner by putting cold water bottles right in front of it.
Hydrate and chill
Though drinking water is part of everyday life, heat waves require more water intake to avoid dehydration. You also have to be aware of your body’s cooling points such as the neck and your ankles. Wrap ice cubes in a towel or use a cooling pad and apply either to the pulse points of the cooling areas. If the heat is too much to handle, just take a cool shower.
Don’t use the oven
If it’s too hot, try not to use the oven because it only adds more heat to your surroundings. Go for oven-free or ready-to-eat meals such as sandwiches, salad, cold soups, fruits, deli meat, and cheese. And don’t forget to end your day with an ice-cream.