WITH temperatures across the Shoalhaven expected to rise again this week the Ambulance Service of NSW is urging people to take care while out and about in the heat.
Paramedics have released some simple tips to remind people how to stay safe in the heat:
· Try to stay out of the direct sun - this is particularly important for the elderly and the very young.
· Drink plenty of water, and if outdoors for a long time, make sure you take a water bottle with you.
· Remember to cover up and use sunscreen - “Slip, slop, slap and wrap”.
· Be sure to wear clothing that protects you from the sun.
· Never leave children or pets shut in your car. Heat generated in a closed car can cause serious illness or even death.
· Feed children and infants more frequently to help keep up their fluids.
If anyone exhibits symptoms of heat exhaustion such as nausea and vomiting, fainting and dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness and/or headache, lay the person down and apply cool, wet towels around the neck and under the arms, and have them drink cool fluids.
If the person does not respond to treatment or they have severe symptoms such as confusion or collapse, call triple 0 immediately and ask for ambulance.