Stay healthy in the heat

Ride out the summer heatwave.

With a hotter than average January predicted for Queensland, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the dangers posed by summer heatwaves.

Queensland Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett said Queenslanders needed to take heatwaves seriously.

“Heat-related illness can be extremely serious – infants, the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and those with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable,” Dr Bennett said.

“Be on the lookout for symptoms such as heat rash, muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting and fainting.

“If someone experiences more severe symptoms including a very high body temperature, flushed or dry skin, a rapid pulse, headache or disorientation, they may have heatstroke which can be very serious so seek medical attention immediately.”

Dr Bennett said there were a number of ways to avoid heatstroke.

“Precautions you can take against the heat include drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day – preferably cool water – and don’t wait until you’re thirsty,“ she said.

“Stay indoors where possible and use any cooling devices available, such airconditioning or fans.

“Limit strenuous activity and take time to adjust to the temperature. 

“Take cool showers, soak your feet or wear a wet bandana or washcloth around your neck.”

Top five tips to beat the heat

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Never leave people or animals in the car.
  3. Stay somewhere cool.
  4. Plan ahead. 
  5. Check in on those most at risk in the heat.