The forecast for extreme temperatures well in excess of 40 degrees across much of the greater Sydney has surf lifesavers on alert for a busy weekend on the beach.
Come, enjoy and cool off at our iconic beaches, but stay safe, that’s the key message that lifesavers are urging the community to take to heart as the summer heat continues to rise.
With scorching temperatures expected, visitors to the beach are urged to look after their health by staying hydrated, avoiding the worst heat of the day, practicing smart sun safety including wearing sunscreen and a hat, and if experiencing any distress to immediately seek medical treatment.
It’s been a challenging start to summer on our beaches with at least 10 drownings since the beginning of December.
The rising number is a concern for everyone in the life saving community and is also reflected in the national figures.Across Australia there have been 46 coastal drowning deaths since July including 21 over the first five weeks of summer.
The multiple days of extreme heat traditionally sees members of the public flock to the ocean to cool off, and it's important to realise that while the water may seem inviting, situations can escalate, particularly at unfamiliar beaches so the public need to be aware of the conditions and environments before entering the ocean.
Surf Life Saving NSW CEO, Steven Pearce, is urging everyone planning to head to the coastline to cool off to take their safety seriously.
“Lifesavers and lifeguards are out in force but we need the public to take some responsibility for their own safety, and sadly the tragic incidents we have witnessed through December and early January are a tragic reminder of the power of the ocean,” said Mr Pearce.
“There are a number of simple ways you can help ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable time on the beach. Always swim at a patrolled location between the flags and very importantly, understand how to spot and survive a RIP,” said Mr Pearce.
Forecasts form Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) suggest that the mercury will likely hover in the mid-to-late 30s on Friday, a similar range on Saturday, and potentially peak at over 40 in some areas on Sunday
Beach Safety Tips
- Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
- Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
- Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
- Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm
- In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police
- Don’t forget to be sun safe by remembering to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated.
- For information about patrol times, weather, and beach locations visit the Beachsafe Website or Download the App.
Friday 5 January 2018