A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortable hot weather that could impact on human health, community infrastructure (such as the power supply and public transport), and services.
Heatwaves can affect anybody and cause heat related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke which may be fatal.
Prevention of heat related illness
Prevention is the best way to manage heat-related illness. Tips to prevent heat stress include:
- Drink water – stay hydrated
- Keep cool – keep in the shade and air conditioning
- Use sun protection – 30+ sunscreen and wear a hat
- Avoid exposure to the sun – from 11am to 4pm
- Go to an air conditioned space – like a library or shopping centre
- Go to the local pool
- Have a cool bath or shower
- Check on your neighbours, friends and family – especially if sick, frail or elderly
- Never leave anyone or an animal in the car
- Limit physical activity