Prepare your home
It is important to prepare your home ahead of a heatwave. We’ve sourced the below from NSW Health’s Beat the heat site.
To prepare your home for a heatwave:
- Check fridges, freezers, fans and air-conditioners work properly
- Set air conditioning to cool
- Stock up on food for your household and pets, and medicines to last up to a week so you don’t have to go out in a heatwave
- Ensure you have enough drinking water
- Keep cool packs in the fridge or freezer to help you cool down
- Fill spray bottles with cool water to spray on your face and body
- Put together a small emergency kit in case of a power failure – this could include a torch, batteries, candles, matches, a battery-operated radio and a first aid kit
- Check your home can be ventilated with cross breezes without compromising security
- Install, update or adapt curtains or blinds:
- Choose curtains with pale linings in rooms that get a lot of sun to help reflect the heat
- Avoid dark reflective curtain linings and metal venetian blinds as they absorb heat and may make rooms hotter
- Consider applying mirror tinted adhesive window film to block infrared heat from entering through your windows
- Shade your windows in the heat of the day especially windows that face west
- Consider external awnings or blinds, shutters, shade cloth or other material to prevent sun shining on the window
- Insulate your house to help it keep cool in summer and warm in winter
Please note: Without an email address we will have no way to reach you to respond to your feedback or concerns raised through this form.
If you don't want to provide an email address, please visit our contact details page to view other options, or call us on 1300 293 111.