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.

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
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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 fluids up

  • stay hydrated—drink more water and carry a bottle with you when out and about
  • avoid alcohol and caffeine—they can make dehydration worse

Keep cool

  • stay indoors—use fans or air conditioners or visit cooler public places like the cinema or library
  • limit strenuous activity—especially during the hottest parts of the day
  • rest—get enough sleep and rest if you feel tired
  • soak—take a cool shower or bath to cool down

Stay out of direct sunlight

  • seek shade outside—wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and loose, comfortable clothing
  • dress down—wear lightweight clothing and be sun smart
  • use sunscreen—at least SPF30+ every 2 hours
  • never leave anyone in an unattended car—temperatures inside can reach 50 degrees within minutes

People at greater risk

  • keep a close eye on babies, children, pregnant women, the frail and elderly and people who are unwell or have disabilities
  • don’t forget to check on your pets!

Watch out for friends and neighbours

  • stay in touch with people around you to make sure they’re ok.
Page last updated on: 1 Nov 2018