24.9°C 03:00 pm

Beat the heat on nation's big day

Monday, 25th January, 2010

* Jesse Umback (11 months), Joey Umback (3) and their father Scott keeping cool in the pool and in the shade. * Jesse Umback (11 months), Joey Umback (3) and their father Scott keeping cool in the pool and in the shade.

By Emily Roberts

The city can look forward to the Australia Day celebrations tomorrow, but with 42 degrees forecast, locals have been warned to take care in the heat. City Council has joined a number of community organisation to celebrate the national day with an award presentation, an Aussie breakfast and a free family fun day at the pool.

The celebrations will begin with the breakfast at 7am at the Entertainment Centre plaza and the Greater Western Area Health Service is urging residents to follow some simple precautions to keep cool and stay safe. GWAHS Co-ordinator Environmental Health Services, Ingo Steppat, advises everyone to take care and avoid heat exhaustion by protecting themselves against the sun and heat.

"People need to be alert for the symptoms associated with heat exhaustion in themselves or others, especially young children and the elderly," said Mr Steppat. "They need to make the most of shade and well ventilated areas and stay inside during the hottest part of the day," he said. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, faintness, dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, headache and vomiting.

Some may suffer from an increased body temperature or an increased breathing rate.If any of these symptoms occur, lay the person down and apply cool, wet towels around the neck and under the arms and have them drink cool fluids.

If the person does not respond to treatment or has severe symptoms such as confusion or collapse, immediately call 000 and ask for the ambulance service. People with existing diseases or illnesses such as heart problems, diabetes or hypertension should take extra care in the heat.

People are also warned to be mindful that heat generated in a closed car can be fatal to children. Tomorrow's free Family Fun Day at the Regional Aquatic Centre will start at 2pm. Activities and giveaways will be included for the children. It is important to stay in the shade and keep hydrated.

The pool offers lots of shade as well as food and drink stalls tomorrow.

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