Stay cool during the summer heat

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Toowoomba Regional Council is advising residents to take sensible precautions during this week’s above average summer heat.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the Bureau of Meteorology had forecast very hot conditions for parts of southern Queensland in the coming days and reminded people to take all necessary precautions.

He said young children, the elderly and people with health problems were most at risk, but heat stress could affect anyone.

“Residents should drink plenty of water (avoid alcohol and caffeine), stay out of direct sunlight and check on neighbours,” Mayor Antonio said.

“It’s important to drink water frequently during the day.

“If you do have to work outdoors, try to change your outdoor work times so that tasks are done early in the morning or late afternoon.

“Where practicable, use trees, buildings and other temporary shelter such as awnings and umbrellas to produce shade and make sure that you are in the shade during breaks.”

Mayor Antonio said, as always, remember to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.

For more about being prepared for a heatwave go to https://getready.qld.gov.au/natural-disasters/heatwave/

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