Heatwave

01/02/2018

Extreme hot weather is expected over the Australia Day weekend.

Many events are scheduled for this weekend so please take care and read the following information. 

Event Organisers:

• Event organisers should ensure that they have adequate supplies of drinking water and maximise shade for people attending their event.
• It is important that events have people with first-aid training in attendance.

People attending events 

It is imperative people planning to attend outdoor events stay hydrated and minimise their time in the sun. People attending events need to take the following precautions during the hot weather:

• Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugar-sweetened drinks, alcohol and caffeine.
• Check on others: Check on relatives and friends at risk, such as the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions. Check they are managing and not affected by the heat.
• Minimise sun: Keep out of the sun as much as possible when outside, wear light protective clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and use plenty of sunscreen.
• Children can die in hot cars: Never leave children in cars in the sun.
• Pets: Keep your pets out of the sun with plenty of cool water to drink.
• Seek medical advice: Heat illness can be serious. In a life threatening emergency don’t wait, call triple zero (000) for help.

Further information can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.