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Summer heats up

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​The Department of Communities advises tenants, family members and neighbours to take extra care during the summer months.

It is important everyone knows how to prepare for high temperature days.

Whilst most people find extremely hot weather and heatwaves uncomfortable, some people have a higher risk than others of becoming ill. These include:

  • elderly people, babies and young children
  • people with long-term health conditions, for example heart or respiratory disease, diabetes or circulatory diseases
  • people who are obese
  • people taking certain medicines
  • people who are socially isolated
  • people who work outdoors or in hot and poorly ventilated areas and those engaging in vigorous physical activity in hot weather

The Department of Health website has useful advice and information on how to cope during a heatwave.

General tips for staying healthy when it's hot:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Try to stay inside, if possible with a fan or air conditioner turned on
  • Wear light-coloured, loose clothing and take a hat to wear outside
  • Always use plenty of sunscreen
  • Don’t do a lot of exercise outside when it is very hot; try to do this early in the morning or later in the evening, or stay in the shade
  • To help you sleep, use a water spray mister on your face and body
  • Keep taking any regular medicine even if you feel unwell because of the heat.

If you are feeling unwell, you can call Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222, call your doctor or, if it is an emergency, call 000 for an ambulance.

Tenants, family members, neighbours and other members of the public are encouraged to contact, and check on the elderly, the unwell, and the very young during this time.

For further information or assistance from the Department of Communities:

  • Housing maintenance requests must be submitted via this online form or alternatively contact Housing Direct on 1300 137 677
  • Phone: 08 6217 6888 or Country Freecall 1800 176 888
  • Main website: www.communities.wa.gov.au

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