Keep cool as temperatures in CQ climb
WITH Central Queensland already feeling the heat of what is expected to be a hotter-than-usual summer, the Queensland Ambulance Service is reminding people to keep cool.
QAS Chief Superintendent for Central Queensland Steven Coombs, said it was important for people to keep an eye on vulnerable members of the community during hot weather periods.
"Some of the most vulnerable include the elderly and children but everyone should watch for any signs of ill health," Mr Coombs said.
"If you have an elderly neighbour or know someone with a disability, drop by their house, introduce yourself and check if they require assistance."
Mr Coombs suggested visiting elderly relatives or neighbours twice a day and to watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
"Don't leave children in a car as temperatures in the cars rise very quickly," he said.
"If babies or young children show signs of heat-related illness they can cool down in a cool shower or bath."
Mr Coombs said the best way to avoid suffering from heat stress included avoiding drinks which contained alcohol, caffeine or excess sugar because could contribute to dehydration.
"Drink water instead of pouring it over the body as this doesn't restore body fluids or lower body temperature," he said.
"Eat small, regular meals and keep hot food to a minimum. If you take medication, ask your doctor if you are at increased risk of heat stress in hot weather.
"It is also important to monitor your urine output. If you are passing less urine than usual you are not drinking enough and dark urine may be a sign of dehydration.
"Heat exhaustion symptoms may include muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting.
"Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and potentially be life threatening. Symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion but the person may also have an extremely high body temperature; red, hot, dry skin, but possibly some clamminess; a rapid pulse; headache and confusion."
For more information go to www.health.qld.gov.au/disaster/heat/heat-illness.asp.