Stay cool this summer and survive the heat

Last updated: 23 March 2017

Summer's here – and, with it, an extreme heat that kills more people in Australia than any other natural disaster.

An older woman relaxing on a couch with a cool glass of water while her shirt collar is adjusted by her carer
Stay cool this summer

The 2009 Victorian heat wave resulted in the deaths of 374 people from heat-related illnesses.

Heat-related illnesses include heat cramps and heat exhaustion, which can lead to heatstroke.

Extreme heat can affect anybody, but older people, children and people with medical conditions are most at risk.

Survive the heat safely with these five simple steps:

  • Drink more water
  • Never leave anyone in a car
  • Stay somewhere cool
  • Check in on others
  • Plan ahead

If you are social housing tenant aged 75 years and over and live by yourself, you can register for the free Keeping in Touch Service. The service contacts you once a week to make sure you are okay. In times of extreme heat, the service also gives older tenants tips for keeping cool and staying healthy.

On Heat Health Alert days, people living in public housing can access Cooler Places – air-conditioned drop-in centres for tenants seeking relief from the heat.

If you or someone you know is unwell call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 for 24-hour health advice or see your doctor.

In an emergency, always call 000.

For more information about heat health and keeping cool, visit the Better Health Channel's survive the heat section.

Plan ahead with these important tips on how to survive the heat safely.

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