NSW ambulance service warns people over health in the heat
WITH the mercury tipped to remain skyward for the near future, the Ambulance Service of NSW is urging Clarence Valley residents to take steps to stay safe and healthy in the heat.
Paramedics are warning temperatures climbing into the 40s can easily lead to life threatening situations if people don't take simple precautions to manage their health.
Ambulance Service of NSW acting chief superintendent Ian Johns said the heat would affect everyone and it was important not to under-estimate the heat and over-estimate your ability.
"Make no mistake, everyone in the community should understand heat can kill - sunburn, dehydration and heat exposure can lead to heat stroke. That's why people need to plan today for tomorrow, remembering three key messages," he said.
Supt Johns said there were easy steps people could take to cut the impact of the heat on their health.
- Drink plenty of water - regularly throughout the day and in small quantities and more if you're undertaking strenuous or outdoor activity.
- Only drink tea, coffee or alcohol in moderation - these drinks can actually increase dehydration.
- If possible, avoid outdoor activities in the hottest part of the day.
- Keep in touch with friends of family members at higher risk of heat-related health impacts such as the elderly, even if it's just giving them a call to check on them.