Coping with hot weather
Hot weather can affect your health, causing dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Take simple precautions to stay healthy at outdoor events during hot weather:
- drink plenty of water, and carry a water bottle with you
- avoid alcohol and hot or sugary drinks
- limit physical activity
- try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day
- wear sunscreen and reapply regularly according to instructions
- wear a hat, sunglasses and loose fitting garments made from natural fibres
- make sure to wear comfortable shoes
- carry medication with you in case you are delayed getting home.
Signs of heat-related illness include confusion, dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, weakness, headaches and loss of sweating. People showing any of these signs should seek urgent medical attention available from St John’s Ambulance at the events or a local emergency department.
If you feel at all unwell, stay away from the event.
Smoke, air pollution & bushfires
Children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.
Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, asthma sufferers need to seek medical advice.
If hazardous smoke conditions occur, your local public health unit may advise you to postpone outdoor events or seek shelter in air-conditioned premises or a clean-air room, if one is available.
If a bushfire lasts a long time – say, a few weeks – consider taking precautions such as reducing physical activity and/or relocating to a cleaner environment.
The Australian sun is intense in January so make sure you:
- slip on a shirt or other weather-appropriate clothing
- slap on a hat
- slop on some sunscreen throughout Australia Day
- seek shade where possible and minimise the time you spend in the sun between 10 AM and 3 PM
- slide on some sunnies (i.e. sunglasses).
Sydney tap water is of a high quality. It’s treated to high standards and safe to drink straight from the tap.
The Australia Day Council of NSW works closely with relevant law enforcement authorities to plan and prepare ahead of time, to ensure you enjoy a safe and secure Australia Day.
Hundreds of extra police officers are deployed on Australia Day in Sydney and will provide a highly-visible and mobile policing response.
NSW Police across the state will be involved in 'Operation Australia Day' to ensure Australia Day is safe in your community. Learn more on Australian National Security website.