Keep cool tips and resources

Prepare for heatwaves to keep yourself and others cool and safe

Climate change is making our summers hotter and longer, with more frequent heatwaves.

Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially when we’re older, have young children or are pregnant, or have existing medical conditions.

Stay safe, keep cool during heatwaves

We can stay safe and healthy by:

  • preparing for heatwaves
  • knowing what to do to stay safe during a heatwave
  • recovering from heatwaves

Preparing for a heatwave

  • Check weather forecasts often at the Bureau of Meteorology website
  • Reschedule outdoor events, physical or sporting activities on days when extreme heat is forecast
  • If you are on medication, check with your doctor before going out in the summer heat
  • Stock up on food and medicines so you don't have to leave the house during the heat
  • Work out which room stays coolest and move a fan there, and shut the doors to the rest of the house
  • Freeze ice and place wet towels in the fridge
  • Plan cool meals – cooking creates heat
  • Prepare your home by shading west facing windows, cleaning air conditioner filters and making sure you have window coverings. Read about more home cooling tips.

Staying safe and healthy during a heatwave

  • Close blinds and curtains early in the morning
  • Use fans or air conditioning: consider saving energy and money by just cooling one room in your house
  • Drink plenty of water regularly even if you're not thirsty. Avoid caffeine or sweet drinks.
  • Cool down with wet towels and cool showers
  • Wear loose clothing
  • Plan to go out only during the cooler parts of the day
  • Ensure pets have water and shade
  • Hot cars can kill, so never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Know who to contact if you need help
  • Be a good neighbour – check in on your neighbours to make sure they're ok

Recovering from a heatwave

Some people can get sick from the heat even once a heatwave has passed. Once the heatwave has passed, look after yourself and your neighbours and loved ones by:

  • Opening the doors and windows in your house to allow the cool air in
  • Drinking extra fluids for three days
  • Making sure any food in your fridge is still good
  • Checking in on friends and neighbours to make sure they’re ok
  • Thinking about what worked and what you might do next time

Heat stress

Long periods of hot weather can cause heat stress even in healthy people. Signs of heat stress include headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, thirst, and heavy sweating. If left untreated, this can lead to heatstroke, which can be a life-threatening medical emergency.

If you feel don't well call your doctor, Nurse-On-Call on 1300 606 024 or in an emergency, call 000 (triple zero).

Check in on others

If you have older, sick or frail neighbours, check in on them on heatwave days to make sure they're okay. Pass on the tips listed above to help them reduce their chances of suffering from a heat related illness.

Keep cool factsheets

Check out our handy factsheets for staying safe during heatwaves:

Language Information sheet

Keep cool at home during heatwaves

Keep cool for people with chronic health conditions

Keep cool for people over 65 years

Keep cool for families with babies and young children



حافظ على برودت ك في داربین

حافظ على برودتك في البیت وأثناء موجات الحر (Stay cool at home and during heat waves)

الحالات المرَضیة المزمن ة (Chronic health conditions)

الأشخاص الذین تزید أعمارھم على 65 سنة (People over 65 years)

األطفال الرضع واألطفال الصغار (Families with babies and young children)




如何在热浪期间居家防暑 (Stay cool at home and during heat waves)

慢性病患者 (Chronic health conditions)

65 岁以上人士 (People over 65 years)

婴幼儿 (Families with babies and young children)



Μεινετε Δροσεροι Στο Darebin

Μεινετε Δροσεροι Στο Σπιτι Κατα Τη Διαρκεια Καυσωνα (Stay cool at home and during heat waves)

Χρονιεσ Παθησεισ Υγειασ (Chronic health conditions)

Ατομα Ανω Των 65 Ετων (People over 65 years)



डेरोबिन में ठंडक बनाए रखें

शििु और छोटे िच्चे (Families with babies and young children)




Rimanete Al Fresco A Darebin

Rimanete Al Fresco A Casa Durante Le Ondate Di Caldo (Stay cool at home and during heat waves)

Condizioni Di Salute (Chronic health conditions)

Persone Sopra I 65 Anni (People over 65 years)



Одржувајте Ладно Во Даребин

Луѓе Над 65 Години (People over 65 years)




خنک ماندن در داربین

در موج گرما در خانھ خنک بمانی (Stay cool at home and during heat waves)

عارضھھای مزمن (Chronic health conditions)

افراد بالای 65 سال (People over 65 years)

نوزادان و خردسالان (Families with babies and young children)



Isqabooji Markaad Joogto Darebin

Carruurta Iyo Dadka Dhalinta Yar (Families with babies and young children)




Tránh Nóng Tại Darebin

Tránh Khỏi Bị Nóng Tại Nhà Trong Đợt Nắng Nóng (Stay cool at home and during heat waves)

Vần Đề Sức Khỏe Kinh Niên (Chronic health conditions)

Người Trên 65 (People over 65 years)

Em Bé Và Trẻ Nhỏ (Families with babies and young children)



Keep cool in Darebin map

Download the "Keep cool in Darebin" map. This is your guide to where to cool down, get a drink of water and access help on a hot day in Darebin – for free.

For a hard copy of the map, please email

Webinar recording - "Keep cool, save money"

To learn more about how you can keep cool and save money this summer, check out our webinar recording. Our friends at Uniting give practical advice on how to keep your house cool and save on your electricity and gas bills.

Stay Cool Save Money Webinar video

You can view the slides from the webinar.

Find more great tips on saving energy and saving money in your home.

Energy Support program

If you would like help to pay your power bills and use less energy in your home, you can contact Uniting on 1800 313 126 or Their Energy Support team can help you understand your bills, talk with your energy provider and get help to pay your bills, and suggest simple steps to save energy in your home. Interpreters are available.

Keep cool postcards

Download our handy postcard for some great tips on keeping cool in your home.

Heatwave planning

Our Extreme Heat Sub Plan aims to reduce the impact of heatwave on our community through education, service provision and urban design.

More information

Visit the Better Health Channel for more on how to cope and stay safe in extreme heat.