RESIDENTS are being reminded to take care of their health as severely hot conditions approach the region.
Temperatures are expected to reach 34 degrees in Bundaberg from Saturday to Monday according to Weatherzone.
Gayndah will hit 41 degrees on Monday, with Monto reaching 40.
A Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said so far this year, more than a dozen locals had attended the emergency department with heat-related symptoms.
"So far in 2017, the Bundaberg Hospital emergency department has had 15 presentations due to dehydration, six due to sunstroke, three due to sunburn and three due to heat syncope (fainting related to heat),” the spokesperson said.
"During a heatwave the very young and the elderly are most at risk, but anyone can be.”
The spokesperson said it was vital to remember just how dangerous the weather can be.
"As the effects of heat-related illnesses can occur slowly, it is important to act early and quickly to avoid serious and even potentially fatal effects of fully developed heat stroke,” they said.
The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service has the following advice on staying safe as the mercury rises.
- Drink water regularly. In total you should drink two to three litres of water each day even if you do not feel thirsty. Remember sports drinks do not replace water.
- Keep out of the heat as much as possible and avoid activity or keep it to a minimum during the hottest part of the day (11am-3pm). Avoid any strenuous activities and gardening. Remember to regularly rest and drink fluids.
- Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose and breathable clothes. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunscreens.
- Stay as cool as possible by blocking out the sun by closing curtains, allowing cool breezes to come into the house, using fans and air conditioners, taking frequent cold showers and baths etc.
- Always seek medical advice if you are concerned for your or another's wellbeing.
- If you are awaiting medical assistance for a person affected by a heat-related illness, you should sit or lay the person in a cool spot in the shade, remove as much clothing as possible, loosen tight clothes, cover the person in a sheet soaked in tap water, use fans or air conditioning and give them water to drink. If they are unconscious, then lay them on their side.