Director of Environmental Health, Dr
Richard Broome, urged people to stay indoors during the heat of the day,
minimise physical activity and keep hydrated during the heatwave.
“We’re expecting temperatures over 40
degrees Celsius for much of the state until Saturday, so once again I’d
encourage everyone to take the risk of heat related illness seriously,” Dr
“We know that conditions like these can
cause severe illness, hospital admission and even deaths.
“Heat puts a lot of strain on the body
and can cause dehydration, heat stress and heat stroke. It can also make
underlying health conditions worse.
“People over 75, people with chronic
medical conditions and people who live alone are particularly vulnerable.
“Simple precautions can reduce the risk
of heat-related illness.
“It’s best to try and avoid the heat of
the day by staying indoors. If you don’t have air conditioning, using a fan and
keeping curtains shut can help to keep you cool. It’s also important to
minimise physical activity and to drink plenty of water.
“It’s also really important to stay in
regular contact with elderly neighbours, friends and relatives because they may
be more vulnerable to the heat.
“Signs of heat-related illness include
dizziness, tiredness, irritability, thirst, fainting, muscle pains or cramps,
headache, changes in skin colour, rapid pulse, shallow breathing, vomiting and
Dr Broome said it’s important to get to
a cool place quickly if symptoms occur. People showing severe signs of
heat-related illness should seek urgent medical attention, in an emergency situation
call Triple Zero (000).
can be found at the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat