Information for the website below and a copy of the media release with participating businesses for Cool relief Centres. Stay healthy in the heat – Extreme heat is dangerous Survive the heat with the following tips: Tips to survive the heat There are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat: • Drink plenty of water – Take a bottle with you always. • Hot cars kill – never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes. • Keep cool – seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics. • Plan ahead – schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you. • Help others – look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets. In an emergency call 000 or for health advice call NURSE-ON-CALL 1300 60 60 24 Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious conditions occurring when the body’s temperature rises and the internal organs start to shut down. Signs of heat Stress and heat exhaustion: – range from muscle cramps, dizziness to nausea, vomiting and fainting Everyone can be affected by extreme heat however the risk of heat stress is higher for people over 65 years, particularly if they are on medication.