Heat kills more Australians than any other disaster.
Extreme heat can make existing medical conditions worse and cause a heat-related illness, which may be fatal. Extreme heat events can also affect community infrastructure such as power supply, public transport and other services.
Heatwaves can affect anybody and cause illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke which can be fatal. The most important things to remember are:
For information about caring for pets and animals and preventing them from suffering heatstroke, visit the RSPCA website.
For 24-hour health advice contact NURSE ON CALL - 1300 60 60 24. For life-threatening emergencies phone 000.
Find out more on the Better Health Channel.