Heat helpers please
QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to help vulnerable people in the summer heat.
Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young said the high temperatures increased the risk of illness and death for people prone to heat-related illness.
“The human body’s ability to maintain a normal temperature is compromised by the effects of age, chronic diseases, disability, medications, and certain environmental factors,” Dr Young said.
“People who experience one or a number of these factors are considered to be vulnerable community members and are at risk.”
Elderly people, pregnant women and people who suffer from a pre-existing medical condition means are more prone to heat-related illnesses.