Surge In Heatstroke As Sydney Swelters

Child left in hot car

19 December 2017

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Paramedics have been called to 55 cases of heatstroke, dizziness, fainting and even entrapment in NSW, with the highest in the Sydney Metro Area. 

It's one of the hottest days of the year, with temperatures climbing up to 42C in Sydney's West.

Sydneysiders are being struck down with heat related illness as a result, ranging from an 11 year old girl to people in their 80s and 90s. 

A child has been left locked in a hot car at Greta this morning, with authorities urging people to always be vigilant when looking after children or pets.

A number of people have suffered heat related symptoms from working in their yard, while a 14-year-old girl fainted and lost a tooth at Wattle Grove. 

Some people with histories of pre-existing conditions including heart problems, diabetes, blood pressure, disease, chemotherapy.

Some messaging to survive the heat:

  • Try to stay out of the direct sun - this is particularly important for the elderly and very young
  • Drink plenty of water and if outdoors, carry a water bottle
  • Wear clothing that protects you from the sun and use sunscreen
  • Never leave children or pets in the car, even for a short amount of time. Heat generated in a closed car can cause serious illness or even death
  • Drinking alcohol causes dehydration and consumption should be minimised
  • Drinking tea and coffee can dehydrate you further and should not replace water consumption
  • Ensure heavy or strenuous activities are not undertaken during the hottest part of the day
  • If you know of family, friends or neighbours who are isolated and/or alone, check on their well-being to ensure they are okay
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