Heat can cause illnesses such as heat cramps and heat exhaustion which can lead to the life-threatening condition, heatstroke. Heatstroke is fatal in up to 80% of cases.
Heat can also worsen the condition of someone who already has a medical issue such as heart disease or diabetes. Most reported illness and death is due to the effect of heat on those who are already ill.
If you or someone you know is unwell call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24 for 24-hours health advice or see your doctor.
In an emergency call 000.
Related content on heat
Heat stress and heat-related illness
Heat-related illness can range from mild conditions such as a rash or cramps to very serious conditions such as heatstroke.
Heat stress – preventing heatstroke
Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency that can be avoided by following simple prevention measures (see simple tips below).
Heat stress and older people
People aged 65 years and over are at increased rish of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather.
Child safety – hot weather
Babies and young children should be watched carefully during hot weather. They can quickly lose body fluids through perspiring, which can lead to dehydration.
Heat stress and exercise
Heat stress occurs when sweat can’t evaporate fast enough to keep the body sufficiently cool during physical activity.
Survive the heat this summer with these five simple tips:
→Drink plenty of water
→Never leave anyone in a car
→Stay somewhere cool
→Check in on others