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Keep cool as summer springs early

01 Nov 2018


With warmer temperatures on the rise leading into summer it’s important to remember to drink plenty of water and stay indoors or in the shade during the heat of the day to avoid a visit to your local emergency department or GP.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Director of Public Health, Associate Professor Bradley Forssman, says there are some simple things that everyone can do to prepare for the heat of summer and reminds people to be vigilant of heat related symptoms.

Hot weather can cause irritability, thirst, dizziness, faintness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, rapid pulse, rapid shallow breathing, loss of the ability to sweat, reduced urine output and seizures.

“Some people in our community are at greater risk during hot weather. If you have elderly neighbours, friends or relatives I urge you to check they are managing the hot weather. Pregnant women, overweight people, babies and young children as well those with chronic health conditions are also particularly vulnerable,” says Associate Professor Forssman.

“If you or someone you care for is showing signs of severe heat related symptoms, please visit a GP clinic or the emergency department and get checked out.”

Associate Professor Forssman’s top tips to beat the heat this coming summer include:

  • drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, sugary and caffeinated drinks
  • whenever possible seek out shade, shelter in air conditioned buildings (such as shopping centres and libraries) or sit yourself near an electric fan
  • closing windows, doors, curtains and blinds at home during the day and opening them in the cool of the night can keep your home a little cooler
  • regularly check on others especially elderly friends and family, pregnant women, children, babies and those who are already unwell or have chronic health conditions.

More information and tips can be found on the NSW Health Beat the Heat website.