Dr Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Health Executive Director, said with the Christmas
break almost on us, and months of warm weather coming, a few basic tips could
keep us well.
“People can be unprepared for the first real heat of summer, so this is a
reminder of the safety measures we can all take to limit overheating and sun
exposure,” he said.
to keep up water intake, stay cool and avoid strenuous physical activity in the heat of the day because
heat places a lot of strain on the body and cause dehydration,
heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”
said it was also very important to be aware of other vulnerable members of the
community like the elderly, infants and children, people with a chronic medical
condition and those who live alone
“During hot weather, it’s also important to stay in regular contact
with elderly neighbours, friends and relatives, because
helping them do basic chores
to keep them out of the heat could make a life-saving
difference,” he said.
of heat-related illness may include faintness and dizziness, irritability,
thirst, dark urine, headaches and later changes in skin colour, rapid pulse and
shallow breathing, vomiting and confusion.
said it’s to drink plenty of water and quickly cool down if symptoms occur.
People showing severe
signs of heat-related illness should seek urgent medical
attention. To avoid heat-related illnesses people should take these precautions:
- Drink plenty of water, and remember to carry some with you when out and about
- Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks
- Plan days around the heat, particularly the middle of the day, and
minimise physical activity.
- Keep the sun out by shading windows
with curtains, closing
shutters and windows during the day until it cools down and shut again in the early morning.
- Spend time in an air-conditioned places like a shopping centre, library
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- When outdoors, stay protected from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
More information can be found at the NSW Health website www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat