As temperatures soar across Queensland roofer Brian Richardson may well have one of Rockhampton's hottest jobs. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
As temperatures soar across Queensland roofer Brian Richardson may well have one of Rockhampton's hottest jobs. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Stay safe as temperatures continue soar in Rockhampton

AS THE temperature starts to climb, spare a thought for Brian Robinson.

The 46-year-old is one of many tradies that spend their days outside in the sweltering Rockhampton sun.

Brian says surviving the heat on a daily basis comes down to drinking plenty of water and knowing when you need a break.

"You would pass out if you didn't take precautions," Brian said.

"When you feel it's too hot, you just jump down."

The Rockhampton Trade Services employee, who has been working in the heat for 20 years, says he'll go through 4-5L a day of water and sports drinks.

And there's no chance of work in the heat slowing down, with business picking up in the summer months for the plumber.

"We work about eight hours a day, with summer being the busiest because people get ready for storm season," Brian said.

"Whatever temperature it is outside, you can add 10 degrees and that's what it is like on the roof."

With the mercury rising a high fire warning is in place for residents across the region.

Rural Fire Service Queensland is urging locals to be vigilant, with heightened fire conditions predicted while hot and dry weather continues.



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