Stay healthy in the heat this summer
Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness during hot weather and extreme heat. Some groups of people – such as babies and young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people who have chronic health conditions – are more at risk than others.
Information for the community
Follow these simple steps to stay healthy in the heat:
- Drink plenty of water
- Stay cool with a fan or air-conditioner
- Avoid going out in the hottest part of the day
- Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed during the day to keep your home cool
- Cool off with a shower or bath
- Look out for family, friends and the elderly
- Check the weather forecast so you know when hot weather is coming
- If you go outside during the day, wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved and light-coloured clothing, a hat, and SPF30+ sunscreen.
More information, including fact sheets and translated resources, are available
Information for health professionals
Prolonged periods of extremely hot weather can have serious health impacts on the more vulnerable groups of society. Health professionals play a key role to protect vulnerable people from potential severe health effects of heat waves.
Visit the Heat and hot weather – information for health professionals page for more information or read Extreme heat and the risk to your health - an article for health practitioners (PDF 909KB).