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Beat the heat


With extreme heatwaves across Australia this week, there are simple steps everyone can take to stay healthy during the heat..

Red Cross recommends people:

  • keep out of the heat
  • stay cool
  • drink water regularly
  • get help if you or someone you know suffers heat-related symptoms


Know your neighbours

It's important to get to know your neighbours so that if you or someone you know is likely to be affected by extreme heat, there is a support network to help look out for each other.

If you know someone who might be susceptible to heat stress, stop by and make sure they know what to do to stay cool. You might also be able to help with drawing blinds or awnings, or doing some shopping.

People who reach out to get to know their neighbours and the community often cope better in the long term with emergencies.

Extreme heat events have killed more people in Australia than bushfires, cyclones or any other natural disaster. A heat wave can be dangerous for anyone, especially older people, young children and people with a medical condition.

To reduce the risks people should avoid being outside in the heat of the day, do what they can to stay cool, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and don't be afraid to ask for help. For more information on coping with extreme heat, you can download our general fact sheet or specific advice for seniors on coping with heat. 

Across the country Red Cross Emergency Services teams are on alert and stand ready to respond in case of fire or any other challenges related to the current hot weather.

Making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery supports the work that Red Cross Emergency Services do every day in Australia and wherever we are needed around the world.