Extreme heat can affect anybody however the people most at risk are:
- aged over 65 years, especially those living alone
- people with a medical condition such as diabetes, kidney disease or mental illness
- taking medications that may affect the way the body reacts to heat such as: allergy medicines (antihistamines); blood pressure and heart medicines (beta-blockers); seizure medicines (anticonvulsants); water pills (diuretics); antidepressants or antipsychotics
- pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers
- babies and young children
- overweight or obese people
- people with problematic alcohol or drug use
- people with a disability
- people who have trouble moving around such as those who are bed bound or in wheelchairs
- people who work or exercise outdoors
- people who have recently arrived from cooler climates.
If you or anyone you know feels unwell on a hot day call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency.