What to do during a heatwave
Extreme heat is one of the most significant natural hazards facing Victorians. Here’s what you can do during a heatwave:
- Drink water - Even if you don't feel thirsty, drink water. Take a bottle with you always.
- Never leave anyone in a car - Hot cars kill. The temperature inside a parked car can double within minutes.
- Stay somewhere cool- Seek out air-conditioned buildings, draw your blinds, use a fan, take cool showers and dress in light and loose clothing made from natural fabrics.
- Plan ahead - Schedule activities in the coolest part of the day and avoid exercising in the heat. If you must go out, wear a hat and sunscreen and take a bottle of water with you.
- Check in on others- Look after those most at risk in the heat – your neighbour living alone, older people, the young, people with a medical condition and don’t forget your pets.
Know the effects
A heatwave over a period of days, or even a single day of extreme heat, may cause illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. It's important to stay aware of the weather during summer, especially when there are risks of heatwaves or days of high UV.
Who is at risk
Extreme heat can affect anybody. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition. People living alone and people who are socially isolated are among those most affected.
Prepare yourself & others
Keep in touch with sick or frail friends and family. Call them at least once on any extreme heat day. Encourage them to drink plenty of water. Offer to help family, friends and neighbours who are aged over 65 or have an illness by doing shopping or other errands so they can avoid the heat. If you observe symptoms of heat-related illness, seek medical help.
- You can subscribe to receive heat health alerts and other emergency advice from the Victorian Government.
- For more information visit the Better Health Channel.
Printable resources are also available in a variety of languages via the Health transitions website.
You can also pick up these resources from the St Kilda Town Hall.
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, call 000.