Monday, 04 December 2023 10:57

Plan ahead to help your family, friends & neighbours ‘Beat the Heat’ Featured

People across Greater Western Sydney are being urged to ‘plan ahead to beat the heat’ ahead of what may be a dangerously hot summer.

“When the weather gets hot, we are especially urging you to keep a close eye on more vulnerable members of our community, particularly the elderly, the very young or those with chronic medical conditions,” said Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President, Councillor Barry Calvert.

“Parents and carers should also keep a particularly close eye on babies and young children as they can be more sensitive to the heat.”

“Extreme heat can cause severe illnesses and can be life-threatening.”

“Summer temperatures in Western Sydney can get as high as 50 degrees Celsius. So, ensure you, your family members and friends are prepared and know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to take action to keep cool during heat waves.

"There are a few simple things you can do to keep safe, like staying indoors during the hottest times of the day, closing doors, windows, blinds and curtains early to keep hot air and sun out in the day, staying hydrated and carrying a water bottle when outside.

"If it's hard to keep cool at home, plan to spend the day somewhere cooler, which might include public spaces like shopping centres, libraries or air-conditioned community venues.”Signs of heat related illness

Signs of heat-related illness can include headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and cramps.

People with these symptoms should cool down right away, move out of the sun and seek shade or air conditioning, take a cool shower or bath if possible and take sips of water.

People who don’t respond to these steps or who show symptoms suggesting a more severe illness, including:

  • a sudden rise in body temperature,
  • who are no longer sweating,
  • showing aggressive or strange behaviour, or
  • who are fitting
  • should seek urgent medical attention or call Triple Zero (000).

“People should also keep an eye on their neighbours in periods of warmer weather,” said Councillor Calvert.

“And don’t forget, when humidity is high, our bodies can’t cool down. A high level of humidity means there is a lot of water vapor in the air.

“Sweating is one of the main ways the body cools itself. But on a humid day, sweat has a harder time evaporating into the air.”

“Also, with heat comes the risk of bushfires and poor air quality due to bushfire smoke.

“People in impacted areas are encouraged to check the air quality​​​​​ where they live at Air Quality NSW and to follow associated health advice​​​ when planning their daily activities.

People are encouraged to read ‘Beat the Heat’ information on the NSW Health website for further advice and tips on how to protect themselves and their loved ones during heatwaves this summer.

WSROC is the peak body representing councils in Western Sydney.

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