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Stay healthy in heat wave

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WITH temperatures expected to reach the high 30s this weekend the Queensland Ambulance Service is reminding Southern Downs residents of the dangers of heat related illness.

Darling Downs Local Ambulance Service Network Assistant Commissioner Michael Metcalfe said the increase in temperature could mean an increase in heat-related cases for the ambulance service.

"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."

Mr Metcalfe said there was a few simple guidelines residents could follow to avoid heat-related illness, these include:

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.

Topics:  health, heat wave, hot


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