Western Sydney is expected to experience a few sweltering days this February – and Saturday, 18 February is predicted to be particularly hot.
The Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Centre for Population Health advises western Sydney residents to prepare now to keep you, your family and friends safe, well and comfortable.
“Older people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, babies and young children and those who are homeless, live alone, work outdoors, have chronic illness (such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, mental illness) or take certain medications, may be more likely to experience heat-related illness on hotter days,” Dr Shopna Bag, Director, Centre for Population Health Western Sydney Local Health District said.
“During this hotter weather, please check on family, friends and neighbours who may be more vulnerable to heat, to see how they are.
“Pay attention to any signs of heat-related illness, like dizziness and fainting, tiredness, bright or dark yellow urine and thirst. If you, a family member or friend feel unwell, call your doctor or in an emergency call triple zero (000),” said Dr Bag.
Tips to prepare for hot weather:
- Watch the short Heat Smart: Tips for Heatwaves video. This video is also available in in Arabic, Simple Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Korean, Serbian, Tamil, Turkish and Vietnamese.
- Heat smart fact sheet including a blackout emergency checklist.
- More heat and your health resources and translated information.
- Your local council may also list places to go when home gets too hot on their website Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta and The Hills or post on social media.
Be Heat Smart this summer and Beat the Heat!