Heatwaves can have a detrimental impact on communities. They affect many parts of everyday life such as health and wellbeing, energy, infrastructure, public transport and agriculture. They also contribute to an increased fire risk and heat stressed trees and animals which pose a significant threat to public safety.
Are you prepared for the heat?
Before a Heatwave occurs:
- Check cooling systems to ensure they are working effectively. Clean filters and air vents and make sure your airconditioner/s are set to cool.
- Have a chat with a neighour or relative/close friend to keep in contact with you during extreme heat. Make sure you exchange phone numbers with them.
- Make sure you have supplies of food and other items you use regularly to last up to a week so you do not have to go out in the heat unless absolutely necessary.
- Don’t forget your pets as they can be particularly vulnerable to the heat. Make sure they have shade and plenty of cool water and make sure you have a week’s supply of food for them.
During a Heatwave:
- Keep out of the heat as much as possible
- Carry a bottle of water if you leave the house and wear a hat or take an umbrella and wear sunscreen
- Have plenty of water in the fridge
- Draw blinds and curtains to keep out the heat during the day
- Take a cool shower or bath to cool yourself down when you feel hot. If this is not possible use a wet flannel or towel to wipe yourself down
- Avoid eating salty foods
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose fitting cotton clothing which helps your body maintain a normal temperature
- Avoid drinking alcohol, tea or coffee as they can make dehydration worse. You should drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day even if you don’t feel thirsty
- Eat frequent small meals
- Avoid going out between 11am and 3pm
Important Contact Information:
For medical advice telephone your GP or Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222
For immediate medical assistance telephone 000
To download a copy of the SES Heatwave Information Guide please click below: