State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is calling on all residents in the Wallsend electorate to be careful over the next few days with records temperatures expected for the area.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting temperatures to hit as high as 47 degrees on Saturday and 46 degrees on Sunday.
Heatwaves kill far more people than natural disasters like bushfires, cyclones and floods. Adequate preparation is essential, especially for people at high risk: the elderly, babies, young children, people with health and mobility problems.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“With Wallsend predicted to be the hottest place in Australia on Saturday, I want everyone to be very careful and take the necessary action to stay safe.”
“It’s very easy to dismiss these temperatures but a heatwave can be fatal to many in our community.”
“Everyone needs to stay hydrated by drinking two to three litres of water each day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine.”
“If you have to go out in the sun, lighter clothing helps your body stay cool and light-coloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight.”
“It is very important to check on family, friends, neighbours, and keep a close eye on those most at risk, like the sick, the elderly and the young.”
“If you don’t have air conditioning at home, spend the day somewhere that does, like a library, cinema or shopping centre. Fans will also help you stay cool.”
“Look after your pets, make sure your pets have plenty of shade and enough cool water to last the entire day. Putting ice cubes in their bowl will help keep their water cool for longer.
“If you find you do not feel well and are experiencing any distressing symptoms, seek proper medical advice from a doctor.”