Staying safe in hot weather
6 January 2017
The weather is warming up, so we encourage our community to keep a few simple tips in mind to stay healthy in the heat.
- Check your cooling appliances now and have them serviced if necessary
- Drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous activities
- If you are on medication, ask your doctor if this medication affects your body’s ability to regulate heat
- Plan your day to avoid unnecessary outdoor travel during the hottest parts of the day
- Never leave children or pets in cars
- Check in regularly with vulnerable family, friends and neighbours during a heatwave to make sure they are ok
- Consider what you will do in the event of a power outage, as heatwaves can cause our electricity grid to fail.
For more tips and information about heatwaves, visit our Stay healthy in the heat webpage.
You can also subscribe to receive heat health alerts from the State Government through the Department of Health website.
Local community groups are encouraged to subscribe to these alerts to be notified when extreme heat is expected, and to pass this information on to the community.
If you need help during hot weather call:
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- Nurse-On-Call: 1300 60 60 24. For 24-hour health advice
- 000: For life-threatening emergencies.