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Keep Your Whānau Cool and Healthy as Thermometers Climb
29 January 2019

With temperatures across the Bay of Plenty and Lakes set to sizzle over the coming days, our local Medical Officer of Health has some tips to help you and your whānau beat the heat, stay cool and stay healthy.

“While this hot weather can be really enjoyable for some, it does also present some risks to health especially for the elderly and those with medical conditions,” says Medical Officer of Health, Dr Neil de Wet.  “In this weather it’s important to drink plenty of water and where possible stay out of the sun and find shade if outside.”

Advice for people wishing to avoid the heat, stay cool and stay healthy:

  • Stay out of the sun.  Find shade outside wherever possible and stay indoors when you can.

  • Drink plenty of water.  Add a slice of lemon, lime or mint for extra flavour!

  • Keep your house cool.  Open windows or use air conditioning or fans if you can.

  • Eat frozen fruits as a cool snack.

  • Stay cool.  If exercising or doing outdoor activities choose the early morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler.

  • Check on your neighbours, especially the elderly. 

  • Remember, children, older people or those with health concerns may find it more difficult to cope with the heat.

  • Don’t leave children or animals unattended in parked cars.  This is especially important on hot days.

  • Be sunsmart.  If you have to be outside, remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.

  • Keep your kids cool.  As the new school year begins, equip children with a water bottle, appropriate clothing, sunblock and a hat.  Add a chiller pad to their lunch to keep it cooler for longer.

  • Look after your pets.  Keep them safe, hydrated and cool.


Last modified: 26 Mar 2020
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