Simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of becoming affected by the heat and unwell during very hot weather:
Check your fans and air conditioners to make sure they are working and that filters, pads and air vents are clean.
If you have been using a reverse-cycle air-conditioner, make sure it is set to ‘cool’ before summer begins.
If you regularly take medicines, check with your doctor about whether they will affect what you should do when it gets very hot.
Learn the signs of heat related illness so you can respond quickly if you or someone you know becomes sick.
Think about how you will look after your pets and keep them healthy and cool when the weather gets very hot.
Make a plan for keeping in regular contact with friends and neighbours when it is very hot in case you or they need help.
Put together a small emergency kit, including a torch, batteries, a first aid kit and a list of important telephone numbers.
Make sure you have food and other groceries at home so you are less likely to need to go out when it is really hot.
Do you depend on power?
If you or someone you care for relies on power - for critical care medical equipment in the home or critical pharmacy-dispensed medication - developing an emergency management plan for lengthy, planned and unplanned power outages with your GP, pharmacy, carers, and family is essential.
There are four easy steps to creating an effective plan to protect your health during an extended power outage:
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