Paramedic tells how to beat the heat

AS temperatures soar today, NSW Ambulance is warning the community to take proper precautions to ensure they are well protected from the sun.

NSW Ambulance paramedics always see a spike in calls during hotter weather with people suffering from sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Paramedic Shaun Kelly is calling on members of the public to be sun smart and make sure they enjoy the weather and don't become a casualty of it.

"Unfortunately when the mercury rises, so too do the number of incidences paramedics respond to of people suffering from dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion," he said.

"Paramedics really urge everyone to use common sense and make sure they stay safe in the sun.

"Simple things like keeping hydrated by drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun can mean the difference between remaining healthy and ending up in hospital."

NSW Ambulance advises people to be alert to the symptoms of heat exhaustion which include nausea and vomiting, fainting and dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness and/or headache.

"If you suspect someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, lay the person down with cool, wet towels around the neck and under the arms and have them drink cool fluids to stay hydrated," said Mr Kelly.

"If the person does not respond to treatment or they have severe symptoms like confusion or they collapse, call Triple Zero (000) immediately."

NSW Ambulance has the following advice to beat 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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