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Extreme heat health warning

posted Jan 12, 2017, 2:04 PM by Craig Bassett


High temperatures are expected during the coming days in rural NSW and the Western and Far Western NSW Local Health Districts are urging residents to follow some simple precautions to beat the heat, keep cool and stay safe.

Coordinator Environmental Health Services, Ingo Steppat, advises people of all ages to take care and avoid heat exhaustion by protecting themselves against the sun and heat.

“People need to be alert for the symptoms associated with heat exhaustion in themselves or others, especially young children and the elderly,” Ingo said.

“People need to make the most of shade, have access to well ventilated or air conditioned areas and stay inside during the hottest part of the day and ensure they drink plenty of water.”

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, faintness, and dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, headache, and vomiting. Some may suffer from an increased body temperature or an increased breathing rate on extreme heat days. Don’t forget to check in on family and friends to ensure they are well. Heat exhaustion symptoms can occur up to 72 hours after an exposure to a heat event, so people are asked to stay alert.

People with existing health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or hypertension should take extra care in the heat. If you are aware of anyone that might be at risk, who lives on their own, make a point of checking that they are okay.

Other people who may be at risk of heat exhaustion include outdoor workers, people in workplaces with inadequate cooling systems and those undertaking strenuous physical activities. If possible try to carry out the bulk of the activity during the coolest periods of the day.

Should you have concerns about your own health due to the heat, contact your GP or attend your local health facility.

If you come across someone who you believe requires immediate medical attention for Heat Impacts then call 000 without delay for an ambulance.

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