Extreme Heat Warning NSW

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting temperatures of up to 40 degrees celsius in many parts of New South Wales for Tuesday 8 January 2013.

The extreme heat means lifesaving services are expecting large crowds along the coast and are appealing to the public to play safe, by swimming at a patrolled beach and wearing a lifejacket if rock-fishing or boating.

Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Dean Storey, says, “We have the best lifeguards and lifesavers in the world, but they need the public’s help by choosing to swim at a patrolled beach”.

At the beach, follow these simple safety messages.

  • Always swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat and seek shade
  • Always wear a lifejacket when boating or rockfishing
  • Read the safety signs
  • Ask a lifesaver/lifeguard for safety advice
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency call 000-Police

To assist the public in finding the closest patrolled beach to them and planning a safe day on the coast, Surf Life Saving has developed the Beachsafe website and a free smartphone application ‘Beachsafe’.

Mon 7 Jan 2013