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Staying safe in hot weather

January 23, 2024

Staying safe in hot weather

Queensland is no stranger to hot weather! Heatwaves are periods of extreme heat that can cause serious health problems, such as heatstroke, dehydration, and exhaustion.

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition where the body cannot regulate its temperature and may lead to organ failure, brain damage, or death. To prevent heat-related illnesses, it is important to follow these tips:

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty, to avoid dehydration. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks, as they can make you lose more fluids.
  • Stay in the coolest place possible, such as an air-conditioned building, a shaded area, or a basement. Avoid direct sunlight and limit outdoor activities, especially during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing that covers your skin. Apply sunscreen regularly and wear a hat, sunglasses, and a wet cloth around your neck to keep cool.
  • Check on your friends, family, and neighbours who are more vulnerable to heat, such as the elderly, children, pregnant women, and people with chronic conditions. Never leave anyone, especially children or pets, in a parked car, as the temperature can rise quickly and cause heatstroke.
  • Seek medical attention if you or someone else shows signs of heatstroke, such as high fever, confusion, rapid pulse, dry skin, nausea, vomiting, or loss of consciousness. Call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.

By following these simple steps, you can stay safe and healthy during the hottest days.

More information is available from the Queensland Government here.