WITH temperatures in the Illawarra soaring into the high 30s today, authorities are urging people to stay out of the heat.
Ambulance figures show that, since the heatwave conditions began on January 8, paramedics across NSW have treated 182 cases of heat exposure.
A 45-year-old woman succumbed to heat exhaustion at Austinmer Beach today as heat-related triple zero (000) calls for symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and vomiting esculated.
The hot weather can easily lead to life threatening situations if people do not take simple precautions to manage their health. Sunburn, dehydration and heat exposure can all lead to heat stroke.
Police are reminding people to be aware of the high risk to health and safety in these conditions.
As well as all the safety messages regarding fire dangers, police are repeating warnings about the risk to children, the elderly or pets being left unattended in cars.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned temperatures are expected to remain in the high 30s and 40s for large parts of NSW.
As a consequence babies, children, the elderly or animals should never be left alone in a car even if the vehicle’s air-conditioner is on.
NSW Health have advised that those most at risk of developing heat exhaustion are elderly people, people with chronic diseases, and people working or exercising in a hot environment. If heat exhaustion is not treated, it can turn into heat stroke.
The four key messages are:
• Drink plenty of water (carry some with you);
• Keep cool;
• Take care of others; and,
• Have a plan (know who to contact)
Members of the public should also:
• Regularly check your local forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology on your radio, TV or on the internet.
• Get advice from your doctor about whether your medication and/or your medical conditions may affect what you should do if it gets extremely hot.
• Make sure you know who you are going to call (who may need help and who could provide help to you if needed) – make a list of important telephone numbers.
For more details on how to care for yourself and others during hot weather go to www.health.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/beat the heat
Information on bushfire preparedness is available from the NSW Rural Fire Service (http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)