‘As the mercury rises, it’s vital that we look out for each other, particularly the elderly and those we know who may be at risk, as well as our pets,’ he said.
‘Education is key. We can’t change the weather, but people can ensure they are informed of the dangers and help minimise the impact on our communities.’
Cr Hayes also urged residents to be mindful of their water usage.
The Central Highlands Local Disaster Management Group Community Support Committee will meet this afternoon to discuss strategies to mitigate heat stress and support Queensland Health’s contingency plan.
For up to date weather forecasts visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Top Tips for coping in a heat wave:
- Keep in touch with sick or frail friends, neighbours, relatives and vulnerable persons to ensure that they are coping with the hot conditions.
- Stay inside when possible, particularly during the hottest part of the day.
- Ensure pets have plenty of water, take them for walks at sunrise or sunset and avoid hot concrete.
- Drink lots of water.
- Avoid consuming drinks with high levels of sugar, caffeine and alcohol and very cold drinks.
- Eat little and often.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
- Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles, even for a short period of time.