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#1 Leafprincess

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

Seeing how hot it is all around Australia at the moment I thought I would post a link to a helpful two page information sheet from the Queensland ambulance service on heat related illnesses.

It has information for both adults and babies on prevention and first aid.

Please comment to keep the topic active.

Or maybe a mod could pin temporarily?


http://www.ambulance.qld.gov.au/publicatio...at%20Stress.pdf

What are your tips for staying cool?  cool.gif

Edited by Leafprincess, 08 January 2013 - 10:38 AM.


#2 Therese

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

I would pin it but pinned threads don't get noticed as well as other threads do  original.gif

So maybe we can just keep this active as I think it has important information in it.

#3 Bluestocking

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:30 AM

Maybe we can stick lots of heat related tips in here? Our heatwave starts tomorrow here in SQ, nothing compared to down south though!

-Put water out for the animals, they suffer too.
-Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

#4 daisydo

Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

Great idea OP.



#5 Leafprincess

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

QUOTE (Excentrique @ 08/01/2013, 09:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Maybe we can stick lots of heat related tips in here? Our heatwave starts tomorrow here in SQ, nothing compared to down south though!

-Put water out for the animals, they suffer too.
-Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.


Good idea, will edit post to include

#6 Leafprincess

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

QUOTE (Therese @ 08/01/2013, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would pin it but pinned threads don't get noticed as well as other threads do  original.gif

So maybe we can just keep this active as I think it has important information in it.



Ok, hopefully people will post keeping  cool.gif tips to keep the thread active

#7 Pull Up A Beanbag

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

Singlet and undies.  Get in cold shower IN clothing.  Sit on towel on couch under fan.  Repeat as necessary to stay damp!

#8 Zanbam

Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

This is great.

I think things like refridgerated watermelon and oranges are also a good way of maintaining hydration and energy levels in kids. When it's this hot you can't blame them for not wanting to eat much.

#9 Always amazed!

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:09 AM

Close up house make it as dark as possible.. Air con on if available.
If no air con have a wet towel hung over a fan circulating the room.
spray bottle of water close by.

lots of ice, ice blocks, cold drinks.

little or no clothes.
lots of kiddie cartoons/movies,games to keep them ins


#10 ComradeBob

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

Keep dunking your hair under the cold tap and letting it drip dry.

Put a damp sheet/sarong on a clothes rack in front of the fan

Wet some face washers, stick them in the freezer and take out to wet yourself with when necessary (Ferret gave me that tip!)



#11 busymumof1&1/2

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

Breastfeeding mums should also drink more water on a day like today, both mum and bub will need it.

#12 Guest_~Coffee~_*

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:45 AM

QUOTE (Excentrique @ 08/01/2013, 10:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
-Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.


Also check on young/younger people that are chronically ill and living alone. This group is high risk a long with the elderly.

I agree with closing up the house. All windows, doors, curtains and blinds should be shut. It makes a huge difference. It is currently 35 outside but because the house has been shut up all day, it is lovely and cool. This is without air con as we don't have it.

#13 HarrietTheSpy

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

QUOTE (~Coffee~ @ 08/01/2013, 12:45 PM)
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Also check on young/younger people that are chronically ill and living alone. This group is high risk a long with the elderly.

I agree with closing up the house. All windows, doors, curtains and blinds should be shut. It makes a huge difference. It is currently 35 outside but because the house has been shut up all day, it is lovely and cool. This is without air con as we don't have it.


This.  I have also done some laundry and hung it up on clothes horses inside where the fans can catch it while rotating.  Cooling and efficient.

#14 Tall Poppy

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:54 AM

Demand Feeding for babies particularly if they aren't yet drinking water. Very hot weather babies like everyone else need lots of fluids. Please don't restrict feeds and space them out by the clock as babies can dehydrate very easily.

My kids are eating lots of fruit & are excited to be having an ice block this afternoon. At the moment they think it is fun as they're watching a lot more tv than usual and playing with all the new Duplo they got for Christmas. They're not eating as much as usual as it's so hot but are drinking water. Fluids are the most important thing.

My Mum swears by a wet face washer on her head, as kids we use to tease her about it big time.

#15 Tall Poppy

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

QUOTE (HarrietTheSpy @ 08/01/2013, 12:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This.  I have also done some laundry and hung it up on clothes horses inside where the fans can catch it while rotating.  Cooling and efficient.

Very clever. I'm going to to do this tonight when we switch to fans rather the air con. In sydney after midnight the temp is due to drop dramatically so the fans should be sufficient then.

#16 Therese

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

There are some great tips here. Thanks for sharing everyone.

#17 Bwok~Bwok

Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:05 PM

At night and if you have pedastal fans, put them on the outside with it blowing in. It will blow the cool air outside, in.

If you have it inside, it will just blow the hot air around in the house.

Also if you have security doors, screens - leave the doors, windows open through the night and then close the house up at 6am.

Edited by Bwok~Bwok, 08 January 2013 - 12:06 PM.


#18 ~chiquita~

Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

QUOTE (Bwok~Bwok @ 08/01/2013, 01:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Also if you have security doors, screens - leave the doors, windows open through the night and then close the house up at 6am.

I'm in Sydney and actually did this last night in preparation for today. It was slightly chilly in here this morning but it's worked a treat. It's currently 27 degrees in here and 39 outside. tthumbs.gif

#19 Charri36

Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:25 PM

Living in Perth, we have mega heatwaves all the time..

Drinking fluids is good, but we can, as adults and children sweat out all our electrolytes.  So drinking plain water is not enough. ( I am an avid water drinker) You need to make sure you keep the sugars and salts up to keep us balanced or else it can make you feel really sick.

Gatorade / poweraide type drinks work wonders. You can make a home made type drink alot cheaper than those things.

Cordial & salt and water. You would be amazed at how much this can help.

You made a cordial drink as you would like then add table salt - too much and it's foul, so it's to individual tastes really.

You know when you have a vomiting bug, you need to replace your electrolytes or you feel sicker for longer, the same principal is with sweating and re hydrating your body during the heat. ( My GP told me this as I used to work outside in 40 degree heat)

#20 PrincessPeach

Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

I may be the odd one out, but when it's really humid here in Qld I find closing the house up makes it hotter - i ensure all my doors & windows are open & keep my ceiling fans on in all rooms to help keep the air circulating.

Once the sun went over to the other side of the house, we would hose down our back patio concrete & it'sroof. The water dripping down off of it would help cool the breeze down.

Slice up watermelon & freeze - it makes a nice cool snack.




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