Heatwave Response.

During a Heat Wave.
It should be obvious that the most important thing to do is stay cool.
These are things you can do to minimise the dangers of a heatwave.
  • Minimise physical movement.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Stay in cool, dry places.

Some other useful tips during a heatwave are:
  • If you have to go outside, wear a wide-brim hat and sunscreen. Go outside early in the morning when the sun is at it's coolest.
  • Drink more water than you think is necessary for your body.
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Wear light-weight ( Eg: silk clothing ) and light-coloured clothing to help reflect the sun's heat, reduce weight on your body, and help with evaporation.
  • Watch for physical signs of sickness such as headaches and weariness.
  • Don't take salt tablets unless instructed by your doctor.
  • Eat cool light meals, not hot, heavy, spicy meals. Salads are a good food option during a heatwave.
  • Don't forget that pets are also effected by the heatwave and will need shade and extra water.
  • Never, ever, ever leave children in a vehicle with no or low air circulation during a heatwave. This also means you shouldn't leave children in a non air circulation area even if there is not a heatwave.
  • Reduce electricity use so more is available for for your air conditioner. During a heatwave, a power failure can be catastrophic to a community.
  • Do not get sunburned! Sunburned skin is much less efficient at evaporating heat from your body.

A good trick to help keep your house cool during a heat wave is to cut pieces of cardboard the size of each window around your house. Wrap the cardboard in aluminium foil and then set it in place against the window. This will reflect heat back outside the house keeping the inside protected from the sun's beams.

References.
wiki heat wave
wiki Heat wave info

By T Olabarriaga.