Heatstroke prevention

Dec 2023
While some sun is necessary for vitamin D production, excessive exposure can lead to heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke1. Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating – often because of prolonged exposure to or physical activity in very high temperatures – and it is the most serious form of heat injury.  
Call 000 immediately if you are experiencing heatstroke as it is considered a medical emergency.
  • Extremely high body temperature – core body temperature of 40º C (104º F) or higherAltered mental state or behaviour (for example, confusion, slurred speech, irritability, delirium)
  • DizzinessLoss of consciousness
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Hot, red, dry or damp skin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid breathing

Heatstroke prevention:2

  • Protect yourself against sunburn
  • Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
  • Be careful with certain medications that can affect your body’s ability to respond to heat and stay hydrated
  • Try to avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day
  • Never stay or leave someone in a parked car during warm or hot weather


  • Immediately move the person to a cooler place (into the shade or indoors)
  • Help lower the person’s body temperature with a cool bath or shower, or place ice packs or cold cloths/towels on their head, neck, armpits and groin
  • Give them sips of cool fluid if they are conscious (avoid alcohol and sugary drinks)
  • Remove the person’s excess clothing

We hope these tips from the 360Health team help you stay safe and healthy in the sun! If you’re unable to get an appointment with your regular GP during the busy holiday months, you can use the 360Health Ask a GP service to get answers to your medical questions within 24 hours. This service provides you access to Australian-based General Practitioners (GPs) who will answer your questions in a medically informed and fact-based manner, tailored to your specific needs.


  1. Hopkins Medicine - Sun Safety
  2. Mayo Clinic - Sunburn
  3. Health Direct - Heatstroke

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