Summer safety

Many Australians suffer mild to serious heat-related stress and illness every year.

Please call 000 in an emergency.

For 24-hour health advice, please call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

For help during a storm or flood please call 13 2500.

Summer Safety tips

Summer Heat Infographic

We encourage you to follow our simple precautions to keep comfortable and safe in the hot weather. Be on the lookout for any symptoms of heat-related illness and see your GP if you are unwell.

  • Keep hydrated - drink plenty of water.
  • Plan your day around the heat - avoid being outdoors between 11am and 3pm.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine - they can make dehydration worse.
  • Soak - take a cool shower or bath to help you cool down.
  • Be cool - stay indoors and make use of fans or air-conditioners.
  • Rest - make sure you get enough sleep, and rest if you feel tired.
  • Eat fresh - try eating cold foods such as salads or fruit.
  • Check on others including children, the elderly, pregnant women, people with medical conditions and don't forget your pets!
  • Seek shade when outside.
  • Dress down - wear light weight clothing and be sun-smart.
  • Watch Out - be on the lookout for any symptoms of heat related illness.
  • See your GP if you feel unwell.
  • In an emergency call ‘000’.

Please see our list of helpful links below for more information on summer safety:

We also have various Tips to Beat the Heat posters for you to download and use:

Avoiding heat-related stress

See these fact sheets on how to avoid heat-related stress.

For more information, call the Health Protection Service on 02 5124 9700.

Page last updated on: 2 Jul 2019