5 December 2018

Stay hydrated and beat the heat

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council recommends that the average woman drink 2.1 litres a day, while the average man should consume 2.6 litres a day.

Anyone who works remotely in Western Australia is intimately familiar with the extreme heat experienced during summer, but even so, every year there are many cases of severe dehydration or illnesses caused by heat.

Making a few simple changes to your daily routine can increase your hydration and help you stay healthy this summer:

  • Drink more water! Try for around 250ml of water every 15 to 20 minutes, especially in hot working conditions.
  • Start your shift fully hydrated by drinking plenty at night and in the morning.
  • Limit caffeine, carbonated drinks, alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Find shade for rest breaks
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a protective hat
  • If feeling tired, dizzy or weak or having trouble concentrating, tell someone, find shade and hydrate