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Survive the heat

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Heat kills more Australians than any natural disaster

  • Extreme heat can affect anybody. 
  • 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.
  • Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition.

Effects of heat on the body

Watch our Extreme heat video to learn how extreme heat can impact the body.

Additional heat videos

Heat tips

Survive the heat this summer with these five simple tips:

Illustration of a person experiencing heat stress

Recognising heat-related stress

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-hour health advice or see your doctor. 

In an emergency, call 000.

Know the symptoms of heat-related stress

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Reviewed on: 24-02-2020