Forecast heatwave conditions in the
lead up to New Year has NSW Health again reminding people to take action to avoid
NSW Health Director of Environmental
Health, Dr Richard Broome, said people should take extra precautions as
temperatures are expected to climb into the 40s across much of the state in the
next few days.
“Staying indoors during the heat of the
day to keep cool, minimising physical activity and staying well hydrated are
important ways to reduce the risk of heat-related illness,” said Dr Broome.
“Heat puts a lot of strain on the body
and can cause dehydration, heat stress and heat stroke. It can also make
underlying conditions worse. People over the age of 75, people with chronic
conditions and those who live alone are most vulnerable.
“Signs of heat related illness include
dizziness, tiredness, irritability, thirst, fainting, muscle pains or cramps, rapid
pulse, shallow breathing, vomiting and confusion.”
Simple precautions can reduce the risk
of heat-related illness:
- avoid the heat of the day by staying indoors and
keeping cool by using air-conditioning, fans and drawing blinds and curtains
- keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water;
- check on the welfare of vulnerable neighbours,
friends and family; and
- plan ahead for hot days.
“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),” Dr Broome said.
can be found at the NSW Health website: www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat