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Staying cool in the heatwave

Much of SA is set to experience very hot temperatures over the coming week.

Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness during hot weather and heatwaves. Some are more at risk than others, including babies and young children, pregnant people, older people, and people with chronic illness or mobility issues.

At the City of Salisbury, the health and wellbeing of our community and staff is our utmost priority.

Our air-conditioned libraries, community centres and hubs will be open normal hours. The Council welcomes all people who need a cool spot to escape the heat of the day.

Here are some more tips to help you keep cool and stay safe:

  • Drink plenty of water. You can find drinking fountains at most of our parks, reserves and community buildings.
  • Avoid going out in the heat, especially during the hottest part of the day.
  • Keep curtains, blinds and windows closed. Use a fan or access facilities with air-conditioning.
  • Cool off with a cold shower or bath.
  • Check in on friends, family and vulnerable people such as young children and the elderly.
  • Monitor yourself and others for early signs of dehydration and heat-related illness.

Like people, animals can be affected by hot weather. Follow these tips to help your pet keep cool during extreme heat, and seek medical attention if your pet is showing signs of heat stress.

Sometimes there are unplanned power outages during hot weather. Make sure you know what to do if the power goes out, especially if you or someone you care for has a medical power dependency.

If you live in a high fire danger area, you can use this interactive map to identify your fire danger rating by where you live. Check your bushfire plan and make sure you’re prepared.

Visit the SA Housing Authority to see if a statewide Code Red response has been activated to assist people experiencing homelessness.

The City of Salisbury Extreme Heat Strategy has been designed to provide information and guidance for residents, consumers, staff, volunteers and contractors in the event of a heatwave.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the digital screens located at various community buildings, hubs and libraries for more updates.

For more information on how to prepare for heatwaves: