Before and during a heatwaveStay hydrated
Drink two to three litres of water each day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Lighter clothing helps your body stay cool. Light-coloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight.
Check on family, friends, neighbours
Keep a close eye on those most at risk, like the sick, the elderly and the young. Do this at an arranged time at least twice a day.
Heatwave forecast service
The Bureau of Meteorology's heatwave forecast service maps areas that are expected to have unusually hot conditions over a period of three days.
If you or those close to you are suffering heat stress, call for help immediately
Symptoms of heat stress include extremely heavy sweating, headache and vomiting, confusion, swollen tongue.
Stay out of the sun
Take shelter. If you need to be out in the sun, wear a shirt, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Sunburn will affect your body's ability to cope with the heat.
Get your home ready
Draw your curtains, blinds and awnings at the start of the day to keep as much sun out of your home as possible.
Seek air conditioning
If you don't have air conditioning at home, spend the day somewhere that does, like a library, cinema or shopping centre. If you do have an air conditioner at home, make sure it has been serviced. Fans will also help you stay cool.
Look after your pets
Make sure your pets have plenty of shade and eno