CBR be ready for extreme heat

[media-alert type="image" id=30091]With heatwave conditions expected across the ACT for the remainder of this week, people are encouraged to follow these simple summer safety tips to avoid heat-related stress and illness: - Keep hydrated - drink plenty of water, especially when drinking alcohol and caffeine as they can make dehydration worse. - Plan your day around the heat - avoid being outdoors between 11am and 3pm and seek shade when outside. - Check on others - this includes children, the elderly, pregnant women, people with medical conditions and don't forget your pets! - Watch out - be on the lookout for any symptoms of heat related illness and see your GP if you feel unwell. If someone is experiencing symptoms of heat stress during hot weather: - Try to get the person to a cooler environment. - Lay the person down. - Cool them by applying cool, wet towels around the neck and underarms. - If conscious, give cool fluids (preferably water). In an emergency call Emergency Triple Zero (E000). For more information on summer safety and preventing heat-related illness, visit: https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/population-health/summer-safety For further information on the heatwave conditions, visit the BOM website: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave/