Are you prepared for extreme heat?

We encourage all residents to be prepared this summer.

Stay hydrated Stay hydrated
You should drink two to three litres of water a day even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid 'fizzy', alcoholic and caffeinated drinks and do not take salt tablets (unless instructed to by a GP).
Dress for summer Dress for summer
Lightweight, light coloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain a normal temperature.
check those at risk Check on those at risk
Visit at risk individuals such as the sick and elderly at least twice a day and keep an eye on children. Watch for signs of heat-related illness.
Minimise sun exposure Minimise sun exposure
Keep out of the sun as much as possible. If you must be in the sun, wear a shirt, hat and sunglasses. Also make sure you wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn, which limits the body's ability to cope with heat.
Prepare your home Prepare your home
Prepare your home early. Service or replace your air conditioner BEFORE you need it. Curtains, awnings and blinds can also help to keep the home cool.
Make us of airconditioning Make use of air conditioning
If you don't have air conditioning, make use of public facilities such as shopping centres, art galleries, cinemas or other air conditioned buildings. Portable fans are also useful in drawing in cool air, or exhausting warm air from a room.
Remember your pets Remember your pets
Pets can be particularly vulnerable to the heat. Make sure they have shade and plenty of cool water to last the day.
Seek medical advice Seek medical advice if necessary
For medical advice contact your local GP or telephone Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222. For immediate medical assistance telephone 000.

Download a copy of the SES Heatwave Information Guide

This guide provides some simple steps to surviving a heatwave and also lists the signs of heat stress to look out for in yourself and others to ensure everyone's safety.

Further information

  • SA.GOV.AU – Extreme heat
  • SA Health website for further fact sheets about staying healthy in the heat in different languages.
  • State Emergency Service
  • Telecross REDi
    Telecross REDi assists vulnerable and isolated people cope with extreme weather events. The Telecross REDi service supports people by regularly calling them during heatwaves. People in the community who are at risk during extreme weather events and require phone support during these periods are encouraged to register for this free service, visit