During the hot weather make sure you and your community are hydrated

Extreme care for our community and we can all play a part ensuring the message gets out there where it counts among the old and vulnerable and the sick.

As warm to hot weather returns to the Moreton Bay Region, it is essential we all care about those who may get forgotten along the way.

Ensuring you, your loved ones are hydrated and kept cool when temperatures go from warm to hot.

Queensland Ambulance has put on social media its heatwave advice and urged everyone to stay cool and hydrated.

During a heatwave save your outdoor workouts for early morning or evening & avoid strenuous activity during the middle of the day

Most important don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water: drink regularly during the day to stay hydrated.

The Animal Welfare League also used social media to remind pet owners to help their furry friends survive the heat.

Access to water and shade were paramount for pet safety.

For those with air conditioners, so as to minimise risk to power supplies keep the setting on 23 degrees and for those with out air conditioning, air fans and plenty of water nearby and avoid strenuous activity.

If you do need to be out in the sun then be sure to drink plenty of fluids, wear light or loose clothing & be sun smart! 

Additional Tips to keep cool

1. Frozen Washcloths
Although it sounds a little odd, and will provide some relief especially on those nights where it is too hot to sleep. Take a washcloth and soak it in water, wring and shape into a "U" and stick in the freezer. Once the washcloth is frozen, take it out and wrap it around your neck. The cooling will distribute to the rest of the body quickly and the cool lasts long enough for one to fall asleep.

2. Damp Towel
Hang a damp towel over an open window (as long as you are getting a breeze) to provide a cooler breeze. This will give a little relief but we have not found it as effective as the frozen washcloth in tip 1.

3. Ice Water + Fan
Stick a bowl of ice water in front of your fan to help circulate the cooler air. We were surprised at how well this worked when sitting at a desk with a small fan and bowl of ice water.

4. Close & Cover
Unless there is a cool breeze coming in those windows, it is best for them to be closed and covered. Block sunny heat rays by using heavier than usual curtains.

5. Drink plenty of water


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