Your Guide to Summer Safety

Every year, many Australians suffer from heat-related stress and illness, which can range from mild to very serious.

As summer temperatures climb, ACT Health urges people to prepare by taking some of the simple precautions discussed below to keep comfortable and safe in the hot weather.

See these tips to beat the heat. For more detailed information on avoiding heat-related stress, please check our Fact Sheets.

For 24 hour health advice, call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222, or seek advice from a health professional. You can also view Our Services information.

Keep fluids up

  • Keep Hydrated. Drink more water (carry water with you when out and about)
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine (these can make dehydration worse)

Keep cool

  • Be cool. Stay indoors and make use of fans or air conditioners
  • Consider going to cooler public places like shopping centres, cinemas or libraries
  • Limit non-essential strenuous activity, during the hottest parts of the day
  • Rest. Make sure you get enough sleep, and rest if you feel tired
  • Soak. Take a cool shower or bath to help you cool down

Stay out of direct sun

  • Seek shade when outside. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and loose, comfortable clothing with long sleeves
  • Dress down. Wear light weight clothing and be sun-smart
  • Remember to use SPF30+ sun-screen every two hours!
  • Never leave anyone (particularly children or the elderly) in an unattended car (temperatures inside a car can rise to 50 degrees within a few minutes, leading to serious illness or death)

People at greater risk

Heat can affect some people more than others. People at greater risk include:

  • Babies and children
  • Pregnant women
  • The frail and the elderly
  • People who are unwell or have disabilities

Watch out for friends and neighbours!

During hot weather, check on others who may be at risk of heat-related stress, including children, the elderly, people with medical conditions and don't forget your pets!

Stay in touch and check they're OK - drop around or regularly phone vulnerable people.