With hot summer days just around the corner, it pays to be prepared for the impact the fire danger ratings and extreme heat may have on your health and the services you receive from ECH.


If you live in, visit, or drive through bushfire prone areas make sure you know the Fire Danger Rating each day throughout the fire danger season by checking the CFS website or listening to ABC Adelaide. If you live in a bushfire area, ensure you have a bushfire plan.

On days where a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating has been forecast in your local area, you may be contacted by ECH to reschedule your services to another suitable day.

For further information regarding bushfire safety, call the CFS information hotline 1800 362 361.


Summer weather brings a higher risk of heat-related illness, especially if you have medical conditions or if you take certain medicines so it is important to watch for signs of being affected by hot weather.

During extreme heat, ECH may reschedule services to your home or village. ECH will always contact you in advance to advise of any changes before they happen.

The Australian Red Cross offers free daily telephone checks to people who are vulnerable and isolated, to see if they are safe and if they need any help coping with extreme weather events. To register for the Telecross REDi service call 1800 188 071.


Summer can cause serious health issues like dehydration, as well as more minor concerns like bites and stings. If you are feeling unwell and are unable to access your usual GP, call Healthdirect 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 022 222 to speak to a health professional.

If you have any questions about your ECH services during extreme weather, please call 1300 275 324.

Posted: December 13, 2023