Staying healthy in the heat
Residents of areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia are being warned to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illnesses whilst the cleanup continues. With many people still without adequate power supplies, this can make keeping cool more difficult than usual.
Queensland Health suggests the following:
- Keep hydrated by drinking water regularly during the day. This generally means drinking two to three litres of water a day, depending on heat, humidity and your physical activity.
- Avoid drinking drinks with high levels of sugar, caffeine and alcohol and very cold drinks.
- Eat smaller cool meals, such as salads. Do not take additional salt tablets unless prescribed by a doctor.
- Keep yourself cool. Use wet towels or scarves, put your feet in cool water or take cool (not cold) showers.
- Close curtains and blinds, and open windows (if there is a cool breeze blowing) to reduce heat entering your home.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you can't avoid outdoor activities don’t go out in the hottest part of the day, stay in the shade, drink plenty of water and wear a hat and light coloured, loose fitting clothing. Ensure infants and children do too.
- Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles, even for a short period of time.
- Keep in touch with sick or frail friends, neighbours and relatives to ensure that they are coping with the conditions.
Queensland Health has more information on staying healthy in the heat.
See more posts about health and safety post TC Marcia and during clean up efforts.
Photo: QFES - flooding after TC Marcia, Mary River Gympie