As the temperature rises during summer, it’s easy to become dehydrated or overheated which can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Other common risks of heat waves include bushfires and power outages.

It’s important that you understand what extreme heat can do, who’s at risk and how to prepare during these times.

Who’s at risk?

While we’ve experienced summer and it’s probably our favourite season, however during a heat wave, older people, children, and even pets can be particularly at risk. They’re more prone to dehydration.

How you can prepare for a heat wave:

• Filling a bath with cold water before the heat comes to help you cool down

• Keeping your blinds or curtains drawn to block out the heat

• Having items such as a torch, or battery-operated fan, extra batteries, bottled water, and first aid kit on hand in case of power outage

• Keeping plenty of jugs/bottles of drinking water in a cool dark place

• Wrap and store your medications that need to be refrigerated such as insulin pens in foil or place in a heat repellent container with some ice in case of power failure

• If a cool change is forecast for the evening, open up the house to let cool air through

If you have any other tips on how to prepare for a heat wave this summer 2019, we would love you to share with us. Please reach us on:

P: 1800 809 132


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