Heatwave warning for Multicultural Festival

CANBERRANS have been urged to take precautions at outdoor events such as this weekend’s Multicultural Festival as another heatwave hits. sun1

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said to “limit the impact of the hot weather” this weekend, as temperatures reach 37 and 39 degrees.

“Take plenty of water and limit the amount of coffee and drinks containing caffeine or alcohol as these can have a dehydrating effect. Carry a temporary source of shade and shelter out of the sun in shaded areas frequently.  Remember to cover up to protect yourself from the sun and apply lots of sunscreen,” he said.

“For those playing sport this weekend we would encourage coaches, trainers and first aid officers to ensure participants have access to adequate amounts of water and to be vigilant for any signs of heat stress or illness in participants or spectators.”

Dr Kelly again reminded Canberrans to check on elderly and frail relatives and neighbours regularly, and pay special attention to the health needs of babies, young children, pregnant women and those with disabilities and chronic illness.  Never leave children or animals in an unattended car.  The temperature inside a car can soar rapidly within a few minutes.  Heat generated in a closed car can quickly cause serious illness or even death.

For more information preventing heat-related illnesses visit: http://health.act.gov.au/publications-reports/fact-sheets/avoiding-heat-related-stress.


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