Health | January 05, 2017

Kealy – look after yourself in hot weather

Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP will unveil a new ‘Survive the Heat’ sign at McKenzie Falls at 11am tomorrow morning.

“It is great to see so many people visiting the Grampians National Park for a day trip or holiday, but everyone needs to take care and look after their health in hot weather”, Ms Kealy said.

“The Grampians is the tourism Jewel in the Crown for Western Victoria and the region is looking fantastic after the wonderful season that we have had.

“Visitors need to remember however that the temperature can soar to over 40 degrees and unfortunately some park visitors are unprepared for the activities they plan to undertake in the heat”, she said.

The new sign reminds people of the dangers of extreme heat and the need to be aware of high temperatures and hot winds, not to undertake physical activities like a bush walk during the hottest part of the day and to make sure they drink plenty of water.

Heat stress signs can include dizziness, fainting, nausea, headache, confusion and vomiting.

“People can suffer serious illness or even death if they fail to take adequate precautions during hot weather”, Ms Kealy said.

“Think about appropriate activities for the weather – cool down by having an ice cream or check out the wide variety of shops that we have in the area.

“The ‘Survive the Heat campaign will help ensure visitors to the park enjoy their visit and leave in good health and I am pleased to be a part of promoting this positive message” she said. 

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