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Beat the heat this summer

Council is warning residents to brace themselves for continuing hot weather, with temperatures tipped to soar to 39 degrees tomorrow.

Mayor Karen Williams urged residents to take special care and recognise the signs of heat-related illness.

“Carers of babies and small children, seniors, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions or illnesses should especially be aware of hotter than usual weather and take steps to avoid over-heating,” said Cr Williams.

“Tiredness or weakness, dizziness, flushed or pale skin and cramps are some of the less obvious signs of heat-related illness.”

“Residents can prepare by simply drinking water regularly, staying out of the heat and generally keeping cool by wearing lighter clothing and opening windows and doors.”

“Animals can also suffer from heat stress so don’t forget to keep an eye on your pets and make sure they have plenty of water and shelter to keep cool.”

For a full list of signs of heat-related illness and a detailed checklist on what people can do to prepare for summer heatwaves, visit www.redland.qld.gov.au and click on Beat the Heat.

First aid tips:

  • In an emergency, phone Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.
  • Seek medical advice from your doctor, hospital or health clinic.
  • Sit or lay the person in a cool spot in the shade or under cover.
  • If the person is unconscious, lay them on their side.
  • Remove as much of the person’s clothing as possible and loosen tight clothing.
  • Cover the person with a sheet soaked with tap water (not iced water).
  • Use fans or air-conditioning to help the person cool down.
  • Give the person water to drink, if they can swallow.