Be prepared for the heat

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Severe to extreme heatwave conditions are expected to affect parts of Cape York Peninsula, over the coming days.

Community members are strongly urged to look after their own health and safety and to check in on those family, friends and neighbours who may be more prone to heat-related illness to make sure they are okay.

These include the elderly, infants, overweight and obese people, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people with some pre-existing health conditions.

If you’re working outside, be sure to take precautions to ensure you keep cool. For instance, work for 15–20 minutes, then rehydrate and cool off for 5–10 minutes before resuming.

If at all possible, avoid working outside while the current heatwave conditions persist.

Drink plenty of fluids and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink – drink regularly throughout the day – unless you have a specific condition and are under doctor’s orders to restrict fluid intake.

Urine colour is a good guide to hydration – it should be clear to light straw-colour, not dark or gold.

And remember, never, ever, leave children, or animals, or anyone, unattended in cars in the heat. Temperatures can rise very rapidly and can be fatal in a surprisingly short period of time.

Read about Hot weather health and safety on Queensland Government website.