Stay sun smart
If you are planning to spend some time in the sun, try to avoid going out in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest, and remember - Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide.
First launched in 1981 by the Cancer Council, this campaign is a classic fall-back when it comes to summer sun protection for a reason - it’s easy to follow and hard to forget. But the older generations may be unaware of the updated guidelines since the 80’s jingle.
- Slip-on a shirt (and any protective clothing)
- Slop on some sunscreen
- Slap on a hat
And its two latest editions:
- Seek shade
- Slide on some sunnies (sunglasses)
One of the best ways to avoid overheating on hot days is simply to drink water. Think about adding slices of lemon, lime or even oranges to add flavour too.
It’s always handy to have some electrolytes around to restore any minerals lost through sweating it out. It’s best to avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages as they can speed up the process of dehydration.
Keep an eye on your pets
Just like us, pets are affected by prolonged bouts of heat, but unlike us, they can’t be relied on to cool themselves down. As pet owners, we have to be on top of that.
Ensure your pets are kept in a cool place in the home. Relocate them to cool tiled surfaces if needed (dogs and cats are a big fan of this), darkened rooms or where you’ve got air conditioning and fans.
If possible, don’t keep them outside, as even shade and a full water bowl might not be enough during a heatwave. Keep your pets hydrated by checking that their water supply is plentiful.
Drape damp, cool cloths over them for a bit of relief, and it’s worth keeping that ice tray stocked as they make a welcome edition in a water bowl on a hot summer's day.
Finally, keep an eye out for signs of heatstroke in your animals. Symptoms include:
- Rapid panting
- Excessive drooling
- Twitching muscles
Call your vet right away if your animal is displaying any of these symptoms.