Lifesavers Gear Up For Hot Weekend

With the mercury set to spike at over 30 degrees for much of this long weekend, lifesavers are urging everyone to safely beat the heat as they prepare for what promises to be a busy time on NSW beaches.

Already parts of the state are tipped to reach up to 38 degrees and huge crowds are expected to make the most of the last weekend of the school holidays by cooling off on the coast.

With the arrival of summer-like temperatures on our beaches, so too is the possible influx of the dreaded bluebottle after reports of the marine stingers washing up on Sydney beaches this week. If you do suffer a sting it’s important to seek treatment – lifesavers and lifeguards are very approachable and are trained to deliver first aid for the often painful stings.

The recommended treatment for a bluebottle sting is warm to hot water, not vinegar, and people who suffer severe or anaphylactic reactions are warned to take extra care.

NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent is urging the public to take some simple steps to protect themselves as they prepare to enjoy the long weekend.

“The hot weather throws up a whole set of new challenges for people attending the beach. It’s incredibly important that the public keep themselves hydrated and well protected from the sun to avoid all the problems that heat stress and heat exhaustion can cause,” Mr Kent said.

“In addition we encourage everyone to swim between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled location, and while we’re not anticipating a big surf it’s still important to assess the environment before heading out as conditions can change rapidly.

“Our volunteers are expecting a busy weekend and are ready to react to any situation but they need your help to ensure that everyone enjoys the beach safely,” he concluded.

Top Ways To Stay Safe At The Beach:

* Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, and assess the conditions before heading out

  • Sun protection is essential – reapply sunscreen regularly, cover up with clothing, a hat and sunglasses and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs or swim at night

  • Plan ahead. Swim with a group of friends where possible so you can look out for each other, and always let others know your plans

  • Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice about the unique challenges and conditions at the beach you are visiting

  • When rock fishing always make sure you are dressed appropriately, and plan ahead by carrying a phone, and letting people know your plans

  • In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police

  • Visit the Beachsafe Website or download the Beachsafe app for information on patrolled beaches and conditions

Fri 2 Oct 2015