Heat exhaustion/heat stroke
In a severe heatwave the fody can overheat and dehydrate, leading to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Symptoms include:
- nausea and intense thirst
- hot red and dry skin
- a sudden rise in temperture
- confusion, aggression
- convulsions and loss of consiousness
Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated but can also occur suddenly and without warning. It can result in irreversible damage to the body, including the brain, or death.
Looking out for your neighbours
If you have any neighbours who are elderly, infirm or potentially vulnerable to a heatwave do make a point of checking that they are coping with the weather conditions.
- Remind them to drink plenty and often; a mixture of drinks is best including fruit juice and water.
- Help them keep their house as cool as possile by drawing curtains, opening windows at night or by using a fan if necessary.