PARAMEDICS have warned vulnerable community members to seek relief from the heat.
With the mercury set to soar as high as 39 degrees this week, the elderly and young are at risk.
Listen to your body and identify symptoms that indicate heatstroke, Tamworth intensive care paramedic Alex White said.
“The most important thing is to drink plenty of water. It’s hot and it’s staying hot at night,” she said.
“Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day; there’s no need to be out and about if you can help it.
“Look after your friends – especially the kids and the elderly, because they’re most at risk in hot weather.”
Telltale signs of heatstroke include dizziness, headache, blurred vision, feeling lightheaded and a loss of appetite.
If experiencing symptoms, people should seek a cooler spot and drink plenty of water. If symptoms persist or worsen, seek further help with a doctor or call triple zero.
“Blurred vision and lightheadedness is quite serious. Definitely call us if you’re in trouble,” Ms White said.
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