Safety ad­vice for sud­den heat­wave

Gatton Star - - LIFE / INTO RURAL -

THE chills of win­ter are al­ready a dis­tant mem­ory, as tem­per­a­tures state-wide soar to­wards sum­mer lev­els only days into spring.

With the cli­mate be­com­ing so hot and dry so quickly, Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice has been quick to give ad­vice on how to stay safe in the heat.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber to keep hy­drated over this time,” ad­vanced care para­medic Ian Pyper said.

“Drink plenty of wa­ter and go easy on any drinks con­tain­ing al­co­hol and caf­feine.

“If you can, avoid any stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity, es­pe­cially be­tween the hours of 10am and 3pm.”

He said it was im­por­tant for com­mu­nity mem­bers to look af­ter one an­other in these con­di­tions.

“If you have el­derly neigh­bours, it’s im­por­tant to check on them, as they’re par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble to heat,” he said.

For those who have no choice about be­ing out­doors dur­ing the peak hours of day­time heat, Mr Pyper ad­vised wear­ing sun­screen, a wide-brimmed hat and breath­able cloth­ing.

“Be aware for symp­toms of heat­stroke, in­clud­ing dizzi­ness, dis­ori­en­ta­tion, and con­fu­sion,” he said.

“If you’re con­cerned some­one is suf­fer­ing a heat-re­lated con­di­tion, try to cool them down, loosen any cloth­ing and give them sips of wa­ter.”

Som­er­set Mayor Graeme Lehmann agreed that de­hy­dra­tion was a con­cern.

“It’s im­por­tant peo­ple stay hy­drated but, be­ing in a re­gional area, we also have to con­sider our an­i­mals, es­pe­cially dur­ing this time of drought,” he said.

“I en­cour­age peo­ple to look out for their neigh­bours, par­tic­u­larly the el­derly, and re­mind every­one to take ex­tra cau­tion if they’re do­ing things like weld­ing.”

He had a mes­sage for those on the roads as well.

“With the re­gion so dry, it only takes one cig­a­rette butt from a pass­ing ve­hi­cle to start a fire, so I’m re­ally urg­ing mo­torists to be con­sid­er­ate of the coun­try­side and the com­mu­nity dur­ing their trav­els,” Cr Lehmann said.

Tem­per­a­tures are set to rise to the mid-30s in com­ing days.

The high tem­per­a­tures have al­ready raised con­cerns for farm­ers and prompted Lock­yer Val­ley and Som­er­set coun­cils, among oth­ers, to en­act a to­tal fire ban.

In the event of any heat or fire-re­lated in­ci­dent, phone 000.

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