Tips to beat the heat

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Published January 05 2018

As the summer temperature rises, it is especially important to know some tips to help you manage in the heat.

Stay in touch

  • Look after yourself and keep in touch with others

Keep cool

  • Keep windows, blinds and curtains closed to reduce excess heat during the day
  • Take a cool shower or bath or soak your feet in cool water
  • Splash yourself several times a day with cold water, especially your face and the back of your neck. A loose, cotton, damp cloth or scarf on the back of the neck can also help you stay cool
  • Make use of fans or air-conditioners at home. Spend as much time as possible in cool or air-conditioned buildings such as a shopping centre or library


  • Make sure you get enough sleep and rest if you feel tired

Look after your pets

  • Ensure there is water inside and out and plenty of shade in the backyard
  • On very hot days consider allowing your pet to stay inside

Drink plenty of water

  • Drink water regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty. If your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather

Stay out of the sun

  • Stay indoors or in the shade from 11am-3pm
  • Keep exercise or gardening to the early morning or late evening
  • If you must be outdoors, stay in the shade and wear a hat and/or take an umbrella with you
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing made from natural fibres, like cotton or linen
  • Never leave pets or anybody locked in a car
  • Take plenty of water with you when you are out and about

Avoid hot food and drink

  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and hot spicy and salty foods, as they can make dehydration worse
  • Try eating more cold foods like salads and fruit. They contain water and are refreshing

Feeling unwell?

  • If you feel unwell in the heat contact your GP or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 000.