Healthy in the Heat
Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness during hot weather and heatwaves.
To help you stay healthy in the heat, a range of fact sheets and resources, including translated fact sheets, are available to view and download.
Some people are more at risk of heat-related illness than others, including babies and young children, pregnant people, older people (especially those living alone), people with chronic illnesses (renal, cardiovascular, diabetes and mental illness), people with mobility issues and people who take regular medication.
Follow these simple steps to stay healthy in the heat:
- Check your fans and air-conditioners to make sure they are working, and that filters, pads and air vents are clean.
- Check the weather forecast so you know when hot weather is coming.
- Drink plenty of water and always take water with you when you go out. Avoid alcohol as it can lead to dehydration.
- Avoid going out in the heat.
- Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed during the day to keep your home cool.
- Cool off with a cold shower or bath.
- Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
- Avoid taking babies or young children out in the hottest part of the day.
- If you exercise outside, do it early in the day or late in the evening when the temperature is cooler and try to stay in the shade.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses, and light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing, as well as plenty of SPF30+ sunscreen when outside.
Sometimes there are unplanned power outages during hot weather or heatwaves. For more information visit Power dependency.
See the Heat and hot weather for health professionals webpage.
Find more information on how to stay healthy in the heat under the topics below.
- What is a heatwave?
- Heat-related illness signs, symptoms and treatment
- How to prepare yourself for hot weather
- Heatwaves during pregnancy
- Babies, children and teenagers during heatwaves
- Older people and heatwaves
- People with chronic or mental health conditions during heatwaves
- Looking after pets during heatwaves
- Exercise, sleeping, drinking water and food safety during heatwaves
- What to do after the hot weather has passed
- Emergency and helpful contacts during a heatwave