As Summer is almost here and the weather is certainly heating up– it is important to remember if you are heading outdoors to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP as overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer in Australia.
With hot summers likely to continue, it’s important that we all know how to prepare for high temperature days and how to provide first aid for heat-induced. As we are spending more time outdoors, we can take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed.
Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:
Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.
Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care and ask these questions:
People at greatest risk for heat-related illness can take the following protective actions to prevent illness or death:
Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
If you play a sport that practices during hot weather, protect yourself and look out for your teammates:
See the below links for further tips about sunburn, protection and heat information