Keep sun safe in blis­ter­ing weather

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Jack Lawrie

JUST when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, we’ve had re­ports of an­other heat­wave head­ing our way.

Ac­cord­ing to BoM, tem­per­a­tures are set to ex­ceed 40 de­grees in and around Gayn­dah over the week­end, while in Monto we’re look­ing at sim­i­lar tem­per­a­tures on Mon­day.

To make sure ev­ery­one stays safe, here’s some ad­vice from health pro­fes­sion­als to help beat the heat.

First and fore­most, drink plenty of wa­ter.

Keep hy­drated, es­pe­cially if you’re ac­tive through­out the day.

Also, urine colour is the best way to de­ter­mine how hy­drated you are.

It should be clear to light straw-coloured, not dark or gold.

Stay­ing in­doors, prefer­ably in air-con­di­tion­ing, is rec­om­mended, es­pe­cially in the mid­dle of the day.

If your job pre­vents you from do­ing that, then make sure to pace your­self, ad­just to the en­vi­ron­ment and don’t per­form overly stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity.

You can also stay cool by tak­ing cool show­ers or baths.

An­other use­ful piece of ad­vice is to keep cool by soak­ing a ban­dana or sim­i­lar item of cloth­ing in cold wa­ter and wear­ing it around your neck.

With re­ports sug­gest­ing heat­waves are ex­pected to worsen as the spec­tre of cli­mate change looms, sun safety is more im­por­tant than ever.

Stay cool, peo­ple.

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