Heatwaves and Hot Days

Heat kills more Australians than any other natural disaster.

Know the effects of extreme heat, who is at risk and how you can prepare yourself and others.

When the heat hits:

  • Drink water: even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink water. Take a bottle of water with you always.
  • Hot cars kill: never leave kids, adults or pets in hot cars. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
  • Keep cool: seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
  • Plan ahead: schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
  • Help others: look after those most at risk in the heat—your neighbour living alone, the elderly, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.

For more information, visit the Better Health Channel - Heat.

Call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 or see your doctor if you are unwell.

In an emergency, call 000 (Triple zero).