Staying safe in the warmer weather

High temperatures are often experienced across Australia every summer and we must be alert to the possibility of heatwaves.

It is important to be aware of the risks and hazards associated with warmer weather and heat events, especially for older people. The effects of heat-related illnesses can range from mild conditions such as a rash or cramps to
very serious conditions such as severe confusion or heat stroke.

Remember the four key messages to keep yourself and others healthy in hotter weather and heatwaves:

  1. Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty
  2. Keep yourself cool, including your body and your home
  3. Look out for each other and take care of others
  4. Have a plan – keep an eye on the weather forecast, know which areas of your house are cool and which areas of your garden/outdoor space are shady, and follow any advice from your doctor.