Heat safety advice for the summer

People sitting outside under the shade. Know how to avoid heat related stress this summer.

Temperatures will be above 40 degrees in Canberra throughout the week, leading to severe heat conditions across the ACT and surrounding regions.

Canberrans are urged to be aware of the health and environmental impacts of these conditions including knowing how to look after themselves and others in the heat, and staying mindful of fire dangers.

Be aware of the heat

1. Prolonged periods of hot weather can cause heat-related stress, particularly those in our community who are more vulnerable such as young children and the elderly.

2. Look after yourself by staying hydrated, staying indoors during the hottest parts of the day, and seeking shade when outside.

3. During extreme heat it is important to stay in touch with your elderly and frail relatives and neighbours, and pay attention to the health needs of pregnant women, babies and young children who can be adversely affected by the heat.

4. People with illness and chronic medical conditions may also need extra care and attention during hot weather. It's also important for people with chronic medical conditions to continue their usual medications and see their GP if they are feeling unwell.

5. It's important to know the early signs of heat related illness, which can include nausea, dizziness, fainting, weakness, headaches, vomiting and the loss of sweating. If you, or somoeone else is showing signs of heat stress, call triple zero (000) immediately.

6. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, especially during warm weather.

More information: www.health.gov.au

Be aware of fire dangers

The Fire Danger Rating in the ACT is forecast to be Very High during periods of extreme heat. This means that if a fire does start, it will be difficult to control. The ACT Emergency Service Agency (ESA), asks that the community ensures they have a bushfire survival plan in place. These can be downloaded from the ESA website.

Canberrans should also be vigilant of Total Fire Bans which may be put in place dependent on the conditions. If a bushfire does start, ensure you follow the ESA advice via their website.