With the extreme weather conditions we have been experiencing in recent weeks it is timely to reiterate things that you need to think about when undertaking outdoor activities.
Leaders should cancel activities if areas are closed, there is a danger of bushfires or conditions are too extreme to complete the activity safely.
When registering for an activity, please check weather forecasts & consider your own ability to undertake the activity in prevailing conditions. If you have respiratory issues & air quality is poor, please be aware that this may cause problems. Be well prepared with plenty of water & sun protection (cover up, sunscreen & hat).
It is also advisable to be aware of the symptoms of heat stress for both yourself & others in the group. These include:
- Dry lips & tongue
- Flushed skin
- Rapid breathing
- High heart rate
Treatment for these symptoms is to cool the person down by moving into shade, resting, covering with a wet cloth or water, sipping water. Medical help will be required if symptoms do not improve or become severe.
More information can be found on the Bushwalking NSW web site.