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Staying cool in Summer
Heatwaves and hot weather are nothing new to Singleton residents and most of us are able to stay cool during the warmer months.

For some members of our community however heat can have a crippling effect particularly on infants, the elderly and people with certain heart conditions who can be vulnerable to heat-related illness. It is also taken for granted that all of us have access to an air conditioning which is not true and in some cases heat, storms and fires can mean a loss of electricity.

Below are some tips on how to stay cool without access to an air conditioner.

1. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face.

2. Drink plenty of water or drinks with electrolytes such as sports drinks, keep a jug of water in the fridge or freeze bottles of water to have throughout the day. Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol and fizzy drinks.

3. Eat smaller and cooler meals like salads and enjoy cool snacks such as yogurt and ice blocks.

4. Electric fans create cooling air movement using minimal electricity.

5. Barley, rice or wheat-filled bags (used in winter as 'heat packs') can be put in the freezer and used as personal ice packs.

6. If you don't have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theatre, or other public space that is cool. The Singleton Public Library is happy to have you!

7. Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to block the heat and direct sunlight.

8. Close windows once the outside air is warmer than indoors. At night, once it cools down, open windows and doors to allow cool air in.

9. Halogen lights, dishwashers, cooking appliances and dryers all produce heat. Avoid using them during the hottest part of the day.

10. Heat rises. If you have a two-storey house, stay downstairs. Sleep there, too if possible.

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290