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Health department issues warning as temperatures soar

Don’t get caught out in the sun, health department warns.

20 June 2012, 12:00am
The heat can affect anyone but some people run a greater risk of serious harm including older people, babies and young children.
The maximum temperature is expected to continue to rise further in the following days, with the health department advising the public on the importance of keeping well hydrated during the hot summer months.

High temperatures cause water to be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration.

It can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke. The heat can affect anyone but some people run a greater risk of serious harm including older people, babies and young children, people with chronic conditions and physically active people. 

To avoid the effects of the heat wave it is important to: 
  • Keep out of the heat by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day usually between 11.00am till 4.00pm.
  • Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work
  • Drink regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food
  • Seek advice if you have any concerns.


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