Australia’s summers can be hard on all of us, but particularly on people with disability. In November we are writing three blogs. This one on living with extreme heat as a person with disability or as a carer of someone with disability and one on bushfires and a third on tips on staying hydrated in the heat.
People at greatest risk of heat illness include older adults, infants and young people, people who have a chronic or acute illness, people who take certain medications, people who are socially isolated, pregnant women and people who work in hot environments.
Many people with disability have underlying illnesses, live alone or socially isolated and can of course fall into any of the other categories.
When we are exposed to high temperatures, we are at risk of life-threatening heat-related illness such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. High temperatures can also make existing chronic illness worse which can be very serious.
How can you prepare for hot days?
Look out for each other
Ways to stay cool
Stay hydrated by drinking water
This information was adapted from this site.