Your Guide to Summer Safety

Every year, many Australians suffer from heat-related stress and illness, which can range from mild to very serious.

As summer temperatures climb, ACT Health urges people to prepare by taking some of the simple precautions discussed below to keep comfortable and safe in the hot weather.

See these tips to beat the heat. For more detailed information on avoiding heat-related stress, please check our Fact Sheets.

For 24 hour health advice, call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222, or seek advice from a health professional. You can also view Our Services information.

Keep fluids up

  • Drink plenty of water (carry water with you when out and about)
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol (these can have a dehydrating effect)

Keep cool

  • At home, use fans, coolers or air-conditioning
  • Consider going to cooler public places like shopping centres, cinemas or libraries
  • Avoid unnecessary physical activity, especially in the middle of the day

Stay out of direct sun

  • When outside wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and loose, comfortable clothing with long sleeves
  • Remember to use SPF30+ sun-screen every two hours!
  • Never leave anyone (particularly children or the elderly) in an unattended car (temperatures inside a car can rise to 50 degrees within a few minutes, leading to serious illness or death)

People at greater risk

Heat can affect some people more than others. People at greater risk include:

  • Babies and children
  • Pregnant women
  • The frail and the elderly
  • People who are unwell or have disabilities

Watch out for friends and neighbours!

During hot weather, be alert and watch out for neighbours, family members and friends who may be at risk of heat-related stress.

Stay in touch and check they're OK - drop around or regularly phone vulnerable people.