As the weather warms up over the coming days remember extreme heat can affect anybody.
Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition. Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster. Extreme heat can affect anybody
Survive the summer heat with these five simple tips:
Drink more water
- Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Keep a full drink bottle with you.
Never leave anyone in the car
- Never leave kids, adults or pets in cars – the temperature can double in minutes.
Stay somewhere cool
- Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings.
- Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers.
- Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds.
- Keep up to date with weather forecasts – watch the news daily, check the BOM forecast online or set up an alert on your Better Health Channel app.
- Schedule activities for the coolest part of the day.
- Stock up on food, water and medicines.
Check in on others
- Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, older people, young children, people with a medical condition and don't forget your pets.
Recognising heat-related illness
Heat can cause illnesses such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to the life-threatening condition, heatstroke. Heatstroke is fatal in up to 80% of cases.
Heat can also worsen the condition of someone who already has a medical issue such as heart disease or diabetes. Most reported illness and death is due to the effect of heat on those who are already ill.
If you or someone you know is unwell call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 for 24-hour health advice or see your doctor.
In an emergency, call 000.
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