WITH high temperatures expected to impact parts of central west Queensland in the coming days, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) is reminding residents of the dangers of heat-related illness.
QAS Central West Local Ambulance Service Network Acting Superintendent Robbie Medlin says Birdsville, Bellara and surrounding areas could expect temperatures up to 45 degrees celsius over the weekend and early next week.
"Past experience has shown an increase in temperature could mean an increase in heat-related cases for the ambulance service," Mr Medlin said.
"Signs of heat exhaustion can include, flushed or pale skin, cramps, nausea, headache, dizziness, disorientation, drowsiness, fainting or collapse," he said.
"If you suspect someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, call triple zero (000) immediately."
Avoid Heat Related Illness
Drinking several glasses of water a day and more if they are working outdoors or exercising;
Avoid alcohol and excessive amounts of coffee as both can cause dehydration;
Wear light and loose clothing;
Stay in the shade if outdoors and wear sunscreen and a hat;
Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm when it is at its strongest;
Make use of fans and air conditioners;
Take extra care with children and the elderly as they can really suffer in the heat; and
Check on elderly relatives and neighbours to see how they are coping.