Heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard in Queensland, leading to the loss of more than 100 lives every year.
Queensland is experiencing an increase in the frequency and duration of heat waves, which is why you need to understand how to stay safe during these conditions.
What is a heatwave?
A heatwave occurs when there are more than a few days in a row above 34 degrees, often combined with high humidity.
In Australia, heatwaves usually range from 37°C to 42°C. Check out the Bureau of Meteorology’s video below to learn more about heatwaves and why they occur.
Understand your risk
Heatwaves can impact anyone. However, there are members in our community who are particularly vulnerable and need to take special care during heat waves. This includes:
- babies and young people
- pregnant and breastfeeding people
- people with medical conditions such as asthma
- pets, and
- people who work in the outdoors.
If you are in one of these vulnerable categories, or care for someone who is, it is important to follow a few simple steps to reduce your risk to stay cool and hydrated during heat waves.
Steps to reduce the impact of a heatwave
Watch SafeWork South Australia’s video on heat awareness and the simple steps you can take to keep you and those you care for safe during a heatwave.
Find out more and Get Ready
Check out these other pages and resources to help you Get Ready.