To avoid heat-related illnesses people should take these precautions:
- Drink plenty of water, and remember to carry some with you when out and about.
- Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks.
- Plan your day around the heat, particularly in the middle of the day, and minimise physical activity.
- Keep the sun out by shading windows with curtains, blinds or closing shutters.
- Keep windows closed during the day until it cools down and shut again in the early morning.
- Try to spend time in an air-conditioned place like a shopping centre, library or cinema.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- When outdoors, stay protected from the sun by wearing a hat and sunscreen.
- Check on elderly neighbours and relatives.
Signs of heat-related illness may include nausea, vomiting, faintness and dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, headaches, loss of sweating and reduced urine output. People showing severe signs of heat-related illness should seek urgent medical attention through their GP or the emergency department at their nearest hospital.
Visit the NSW Health website for more heat wave information and advice http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/Pages/default.aspx