Stay cool over holidays

South Australians are being reminded to stay cool and keep well hydrated during the hot weather that has been forecast for the Christmas-New Year holiday period.
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State Emergency Service (SES) State duty officer Andrea Geytenbeek said it was important for people toprotect themselves against the heat.

“There are a number of simple, commonsense precautions that people can take to ensure they stay safe,” she said.

These includedrinking plenty of water,dressing lightly,avoiding going outside in the heat of the day, andusing air conditioners and fans.

Ms Geytenbeek said people should avoid the hottest part of the day, usually between 11am and 3pm, if they needed to go outside.

“If you have to venture outside during really hot weather, we suggest doing so for limited periods of time, wearing a hat, light clothing, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen,” she said.

“Older people, children, babies and people who are unwell are most at risk from the heat.”

Other tips to beat the heat includeusing public airconditioned facilities such as shopping centres, cinemas and libraries,using blinds, curtains, airconditioners and fans during the day to keep your home cool andremember that alcoholic and caffeinated drinks increase dehydration

Children or pets should not be leftunattended in a car, andconsider the health of pets by ensuring they have plenty of fresh water and shade or, if possible, bring them inside.

More information about staying healthy is available on the SES websitewww.ses.sa.gov.auor the Extreme Heat Guide and associated factsheets atwww.sahealth.sa.gov.au

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