Extreme Heat Alert 10.01.14

Released 10/01/2014

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology's forecast of extreme heat conditions occurring in the Territory from next week.

"It is very important for people to be aware of the cumulative health impacts that heatwaves can have on individuals, their families and their neighbours and to plan for measures that can mitigate the adverse health impacts of extreme heat," Dr Kelly said.

"The elderly, young children and babies are most at risk during extreme heat events.

"People with illness and chronic conditions may also need extra monitoring and care in these conditions.

"It's important to prepare for hot conditions by staying well hydrated and keeping out of the heat in the hottest parts of the day. If you can't avoid going outdoors, do it for limited periods and wear a loose fitting long-sleeved shirt, a hat and apply plenty of sunscreen.  Check regularly on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours," Dr Kelly concluded.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit: http://health.act.gov.au/health-services/population-health/summer-safety/your-guide-to-summer-safety.

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