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Are you prepared for the heat?

Tasmanians are used to coping with cool weather, but are typically less experienced coping with extreme heat.

We can expect more hot days in the future, with higher daily maximum and minimum temperatures and longer periods of hot weather. Hot weather can cause serious illness.

New resources are available to help Tasmanians know what to do. This is especially important for people who are elderly, pregnant, caring for babies or young children, or have a disability or health problem that makes it more likely they could suffer a heat-related illness.

Do you know what to do to?

-       Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty.

-       Check on others, especially people over 65 years old and people with health problems.

-       Keep out of the sun. If you must go outside, wear lightweight protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and use plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF30+).

-       If you have a fan or air-conditioner, make sure it is working (and set to cool). If you do not have a fan or air-conditioner, open doors and windows where safe to do so. Close curtains and blinds.

-       Make sure your pets are kept out of the sun and have plenty of cool water to drink.

-       Be aware of the early signs of heat-related illness: thirst, dizziness, irritability, tiredness, sweating and muscle twitches. Cool down or seek help. In an emergency, call 000 for help.

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