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Staying Safe in the Heat

A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortably hot weather that can affect anybody. Heatwaves can make existing medical conditions worse and cause a heat-related illness, which may be fatal. It can also affect community infrastructure such as the power supply, public transport and other services.

Who is most at risk?
  • People aged over 65 years, especially those living alone 
  • People who have a medical condition such as diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness
  • People taking medications that may affect the way the body reacts to heat
  • People with problematic alcohol or other drug use
  • People with a disability who may not be able to identify or communicate their discomfort or thirst
  • People who have trouble moving around (such as those who are bed bound or in wheelchairs)
  • People who are overweight or obese 
  • Pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, babies and young children
  • People who work or are physically active outdoors. 
Coping with the heat

Look after yourself and keep in touch with sick or frail friends, neighbours and relatives.

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty (if your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather).
  • Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers. 
  • Spend as much time as possible in cool or air‑conditioned buildings (for example, shopping centres, libraries, cinemas or community centres).
  • Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds. Open the windows when there is a cool breeze.
  • Don’t leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. If you must go out, stay in the shade and take plenty of water with you. Wear a hat and light-coloured, loose‑fitting clothing.
  • Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals such as salads. Make sure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored.
  • Avoid strenuous activity like sport, home improvements and gardening.
  • Watch or listen to news reports that provide more information during a heatwave.
Important contact information

For 24- hour health advice contact NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24

Department of Health and Human Services - Heatwave

Emergency Readiness

Are You Prepared for an Emergency? online resources are available to help you prepare for all types of emergencies.

Visit the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Country Fire Authority (CFA) and State Emergency Service (SES) websites for current warnings and helpful tips to protect your loved ones and your property.

Falls Prevention

Unintentional Injuries are often preventable. Visit the Department of Health’s Prevention of Falls web page for information and resources to help reduce the risk of falls and fall-related injuries.

Intentional Self-Harm Prevention

Kingston Youth Services provide counselling support to people aged 12 to 25 years.

Central Bayside Community Health Services provides a range of health services, including adult counselling.

Water Safety

Drowning can occur in Kingston beaches. Visit the Victorian Government's 'Play it Safe by the Water' campaign web page and Life Saving Victoria for water safety information.

Beach Report

The EPA provides a daily Beach Report which rates water quality in Port Phillip Bay from the first day of summer to the Labour Day long weekend in March to help you make decisions about where you can safely swim.