Residents urged to stay cool during heatwave

Published on Thursday, 20 January 2022 at 2:57:43 PM

The Department of Health has activated the State Hazard Plan Heatwave based on forecast temperatures for the Perth metropolitan area for the next four days.

Residents are advised to take necessary measures to avoid heat stress including staying hydrated, and cool under shade or in-doors where possible. 

Heat stress occurs when your body cannot cool itself enough to maintain a healthy temperature. The effect of hot weather is not always immediate and can build up over a number of days. 

Some people may be more at risk to heat stress including babies, young children, the elderly, and people with health conditions or on certain medications. If you know someone who is vulnerable, please keep an eye out for them. 

Symptoms of heat stress 

  • tiredness and lethargy
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • feeling faint
  • muscle cramps
  • feeling thirsty
  • urinating less often.

Signs of heat stress

  • pale skin
  • excess sweating or no sweating
  • dark urine.

If you have a pet please ensure that there is shade and water accessible for them at all times. Pets should not be left unattended in a hot car or room. If the ground is too hot for your bare feet, it is too hot to walk your pet. 

For more information on heat stress please visit the Department of Health’s Heat Stress page. 

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