Hot Weather Safety Tips

Safety Members
Hot Weather Safety Tips
With summer fast approaching there is a risk of heatwaves and we wanted to take this time to share some general information with you about helping our Members stay healthy and safe during this time. These tips can also be helpful for you!

Heatwaves are especially a challenge as the hotter overnight temperatures that come with the regular hot days do not provide us with much respite from the heat. Our Members, both the aged and younger people with disability can be at increased risk during this time. All of us at Five Good Friend are committed to providing the best service we can and as part of this we have also written to each of our Members.

The following is a list of things to consider when working with our Members leading up to and during a heatwave:

  1. Care must continue to be delivered.
  2. Check cooling systems in the home are working effectively.
  3. Encourage Members to keep curtains and blinds closed to reduce excess heat.
  4. Make fluids readily available, encourage them to drink small amounts of fluids regularly, and avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
  5. Encourage Members to eat frequent small meals.
  6. Encourage members to wear loose fitting clothing and use sunscreen.
  7. When outside, encourage seeking the shade and keeping the skin covered when exposed to direct sunlight.
  8. Encourage Members to avoid going out between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  9. Offer tepid showers or sponges.
  10. Be alert for signs of heat stress such as nausea, and changes in appearance including red, pale or severely dry skin.
  11. If you have any concerns report to your Care Manager, the authorised representative (if relevant), and seek medical attention if required.

We want everyone to be as healthy and safe as possible this summer. Following these tips can help each of us, especially our Members. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Care Manager or the Workforce Team on 1300 787 581.