Stay cool this festive season

The prospect of a long, hot summer and potentially high UV exposure during outdoor events has prompted the ACT Chief Health Officer to encourage people to take appropriate precautions. 

“Keeping cool and hydrated is the key to staying safe and healthy,” the ACT Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly said.

“Spending long periods of time in the sun without taking the proper precautions is potentially risky,” Dr Kelly said.

“Wherever you’re going, particularly if you are going somewhere as a family with young children, it’s important to take plenty of water along.

“Limit your coffee and drinks, containing caffeine or alcohol, as these have a dehydrating effect.

“Appropriate clothing will keep you cool, too. Remember to cover up to protect yourself from the sun, wear wide-brimmed hats, and loose long sleeve shirts and loose-fitting trousers.

“Wear lots of sunscreen, take it along with you and remember to reapply it regularly. If you’re attending events, seek out shade and rotate out of the sun regularly.”

“Most importantly, don’t forget your elderly and frail relatives and neighbours, and pay special attention to the health needs of babies and young children who can be adversely affected by the heat,” Dr Kelly said.

For more information about preventing heat-related illnesses and staying safe this summer, visit Your guide to summer safety

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Published date: 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015