Safety advice for sudden heatwave
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.