South Australia can experience long periods of extreme heat. During our long heatwaves it is easy to become dehydrated and for the body to become overheated. If this happens, heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heatstroke may develop.
It is very important for everyone to know what the effects of extreme heat are, who is at risk and what to do to prepare for and cope during times of extreme heat.
See our Extreme Heat Guide (PDF 397KB).
- Information on heat related conditions and what to do if you have any symptoms
- Practical tips on preparing for and coping during extreme heat
- Emergency treatment for people affected by the heat while waiting for an ambulance
- Helpful tips for recovering from the heat when it is over.
Preparing for days of extreme heat and/or catastrophic fire danger
When preparing for days of extreme heat and/or catastrophic fire danger don’t forget to think about additional ideas for keeping cool if there is loss of power.
- Fill a bath or bowls with cold water in advance so you can cool down
- Keep the curtains and blinds drawn
- Use a battery operated personal fan
- Fill bottles/jugs of drinking water kept in a cool dark place
- Still keep medications that need to be refrigerated in a fridge but wrapped in foil or a heat repellent container with an icepack ready to place with them if power goes off
- After power comes back on after a prolonged outage be careful of eating food products usually stored in the fridge or freezer that may have been damaged by loss of cold storage .
- If the heat cools in the evening but the power is still off – if you feel safe to do so - open up the house to let the cool air through.
For further information, please contact the Emergency Management Unit:
Telephone: (08) 8226 7115
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