Queenslanders urged to protect themselves from heat, smoke and dust

Published: Comments:
Community Emergency Information Environment Health & Wellness Law & Safety Queensland Government Weather

Social:   

As the state experiences an unprecedented heatwave, with strong winds, bushfires, smoke and dust storms, Queenslanders are being urged to take steps to keep themselves safe and healthy.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said in addition to the bushfire affected areas in Central Queensland, high temperatures continue to affect large parts of the state.

“Queenslanders should take care of their physical safety first, so any advice from QFES or QPS related to fire risk should take priority,” Mr Miles said.

“Please also take precautions against dehydration and other heat-related conditions for yourself, your family, friends and neighbours.”

Queensland Health has stood up the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre (SHECC) and activated the Queensland Health Heatwave Response Plan.

Queensland Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett is urging people to take precautions against dehydration and other heat-related conditions.

“Heat-related illness can be extremely serious, and infants, the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and those with pre-existing medical conditions are particularly vulnerable. With the temperatures we are seeing in this heat event however, everyone is at risk,” Dr Bennett said.

“Be on the lookout for symptoms such as heat rash, muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.

“If someone experiences more severe symptoms including a very high body temperature, flushed or dry skin, a rapid pulse, headache or disorientation, they may have heat stroke, which can be very serious, seek medical attention immediately

“Precautions you can take against the heat include drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day—preferably cool water, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Stay indoors where possible, unless told to evacuate, and use any cooling devices available, such air-conditioning or fans.

“Limit strenuous activity and take time to adjust to the temperature. Take cool showers, soak your feet, or wear a wet bandana or washcloth around your neck.

“In some areas the heat is combined with strong dry winds, dust, and smoke from the many bushfires burning around the state.

“People with respiratory issues should stay indoors with windows and doors closed, follow any medical plan they have been provided by their doctor, such as an asthma management plan, and avoid vigorous exercise.

“If you are experiencing any adverse reactions to the dust or smoke, such as shortness of breath, prolonged coughing or wheezing, seek medical advice.”

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
The Honourable Steven Miles

 
Steven Miles MP : Queensland Government, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services :
1 William Street, Brisbane Qld 4000, Queensland Wide
07 3035 6100
Steven Miles MP : Queensland Government, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Palaszczuk Government announces major expansion of Queensland Children’s Hospital 12 February 2019 | The Queensland Children’s Hospital is set for a huge expansion with the Palaszczuk Government today announcing $20 million to increase beds at the hospital. More information...
A new device for Queenslanders in a medical emergency 11 January 2019 | A new device will give paramedics greater access to a patient’s vital medical information in an emergency. More information...
Queensland emergency departments are performing well ahead of the national average 06 December 2018 | New statistics show Queensland’s emergency departments performed well ahead of the national average on key benchmarks, despite seeing thousands more patients in 2017-18. More information...
Digital hospital improving health of Queenslanders 04 December 2018 | A new report has backed Queensland’s digital hospital program, confirming it is improving health care and patient outcomes. More information...
Abortion legal in Queensland 03 December 2018 | Queensland women can now legally access abortion services, with the Palaszczuk Government’s historic Termination of Pregnancy laws coming into effect today. More information...
Queenslanders urged to protect themselves from heat, smoke and dust 29 November 2018 | As the state experiences an unprecedented heatwave, with strong winds, bushfires, smoke and dust storms, Queenslanders are being urged to take steps to keep themselves safe and healthy. More information...
Queenslanders urged to prepare for extreme weather events 28 November 2018 | Health authorities are warning Queenslanders to be on alert, as extreme weather events sweep the state. More information...
State government gives half-a-million-dollar boost to support kids impacted by cancer 24 November 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government is investing almost half-a-million- dollars in Camp Quality’s Primary School Program to benefit more children affected by cancer than ever before. More information...
Ambitious plan for mental health reform launched 22 November 2018 | Queensland has a new plan for improving the mental health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders. More information...
Government to push PFAS transparency 13 November 2018 | Under a new set of powers, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer will be able to compel a polluter to notify the public of any health risks associated with their pollution. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service