Summer hot weather precautions

​Summer is in full swing and temperatures across the state have already started to sizzle.

The Department advises tenants, family members and neighbours to take extra care, drink lots of water, and if unwell seek medical help when the hot weather strikes.

This is particularly important for the elderly, young children and babies, whose bodies cannot always regulate temperature changes efficiently leading to heat stress.

If people are feeling unwell they can call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222, call their doctor or if it is an emergency call 000.

Tenants, family members, neighbours or other members of the public are encouraged to make contact with, and to check on the elderly, the unwell, and the very young during this time.

The Department's Housing Direct team can be reached on 1300 137 677.

The Health Department website has useful advice and information on how to cope during hot weather.

General tips for staying healthy when it's hot:

• Drink plenty of fluids
• Try to stay inside with a fan or air conditioner on
• If you have to go outside, go in the early morning or late evening and stay in the shade
• Wear light coloured, loose clothing and take a hat to wear outside
• Always use plenty of sunscreen
• Don’t do a lot of exercise outside when it is very hot
• To help you sleep use a water spray mister on your face and body
• Keep taking any regular medicine even if you feel unwell because of the heat

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