Be careful in the heat

As all are aware, we have been experiencing unprecedented weather conditions for several weeks with no real relief in sight. The Local Ambulance Committee is keen to ensure that members of our community keep as safe as possible throughout the year, especially during periods of hot weather.

The committee has therefore arranged for the distribution of Heat Stress Flyers to some outlets in Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach, as well as both libraries.

The flyers are free and offer some very helpful hints on how to prevent heat-related illness for seniors, babies and children in particular. Practical measures such as drinking small amounts of water every 15-20 minutes, wearing lightweight clothing and avoiding strenuous activity are some of the suggestions for avoiding heat stress.

There is also advice on the early signs of heat stress such as loss of appetite, dizziness, nausea and loss of concentration. If the condition progresses to heat stroke where there is high body temperature and no sweat or fast and shallow breathing among other signs, it is a medical emergency and you need to call triple zero (000).

So please take the time to pick up a Heat Stress Flyer and stay safe this summer.

Cheryl Zunic, Treasurer josephandcheryl@bigpond.com