Dr Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Health Executive Director, reminded the community
to stay safe and cool, and to look after each other.
“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,”
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 not just the heat which is of concern,
with ozone pollution also on the rise
along with temperatures.
“As ozone can
irritate the lungs, people with asthma need to follow their Asthma Action Plan
and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse,
they need to seek medical advice.
are higher outdoors than indoors, so limiting time outside during the heat of
the day and in the evening would help people to keep cool and to limit their
exposure to ozone pollution.” Dr McAnulty said.
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,”
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.
Dr McAnulty said it’s important 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.
More information can be found at the NSW Health website www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat