As the heat looks to rise across Milton-Ulladulla and NSW for the remainder of 2016, surf lifesavers have issued a warning to those looking to cool off - know how to beat the heat.
The forecast of scorching temperatures means that heat stress is a very real risk for the thousands of people visiting our coastal region.
NSW Surf Life Saving operations manager Andy Kent said lifesavers and lifeguards are prepared for a busy few days.
“Our lifesavers and lifeguards are well-trained in giving first aid treatments and are used to dealing with situations where someone has got into difficulty because of the heat,” he said.
“The first initial steps people should take are to seek the shade, stay well hydrated, and to try and control their breathing.
“If this isn’t successful or the person’s condition deteriorates we strongly urge you to alert a lifesaver or lifeguard.”
While heat distress is usually associated with the very young and elderly it can impact anyone who is participating in intense exercise regardless of age, gender or fitness levels.
It has been a difficult few days for the lifesaving community with a number of coastal deaths over the festive season.
“What the last few days have highlighted is just how important it is to be aware of your surroundings and to respect the ocean environment,” Mr Kent said.
Volunteer surf lifesavers will be out in force across NSW each weekend and public holiday until the final day of the patrolling season on Tuesday, April 25 2017.
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