With temperatures on the rise across the country, Red Cross is warning people to take steps to protect themselves from the dangers of heat.
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.
In South Australia, Red Cross volunteers are calling more than 2,500 vulnerable people to check on their wellbeing as part of the Telecross REDi service. The volunteers will call registered clients up to three times a day for the length of the current hot spell. If a call goes unanswered Red Cross then activates an emergency procedure to check on the safety of the client. For more information on this service you can visit the Telecross REDi page.
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.
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