Prepare for the summer heat

Published on 04 December 2017

Now summer is here, it’s important to know how to keep safe in the hot weather.

Keep this advice in mind in the event of extreme heat conditions.

Staying cool in the heat

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If your doctor usually limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather.
  • Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, taking cool (not cold) showers and putting your feet in cool water.
  • Limit time spent outdoors. Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings such as shopping centres, libraries, cinemas or community centres.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. If you have to go out, stay in the shade and make sure you drink plenty of water.
  • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres such as cotton and linen.
  • Avoid heavy activity like sport, gardening and other physical labour.
  • Watch or listen to news reports to keep up-to-date with information during extreme heat.

If you become unwell

  • Stop any activity and sit quietly in a cool place.
  • Drink cold water to cool your body down.
  • Wet the skin with cool water or wet clothes.
  • Contact your local general practitioner or Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
  • Ring an ambulance if you continue to feel unwell.

For further information about heat health and surviving the warmer months, visit