Summer safety with St Andrew's Emergency Centre

St Andrew's Emergency Centre
Summer has arrived and like us you're probably looking forward to warmer weather, holidays and the festive season. 

While summer is a great time for families to get outside and get active, it's important to remember to take extra care to keep well on scorching summer days. 

Here are some top tips from our St Andrew's Emergency Centre team to help you and your family stay safe this summer:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Remember young children and babies are at greater risk of dehydration than adults.
  • Make sure young children are eating and drinking normally, and if not eating as usual, use an electrolyte drink to help maintain their hydration. Be aware that kids can also dehydrate more rapidly if they are sick.
  • Be sun smart – wear a hat, sunscreen, loose-fitting clothing, stay indoors or seek out the shade whenever you can.
  • Keep an eye out for elderly neighbours and family members and check in with them daily.
  • Use air conditioners if you’re able to and encourage your elderly loved ones to switch theirs on too if they have one.
  • Cool showers, or a water spray bottle and a fan, are excellent ways to cool down.
  • Swim between the flags and always supervise children around water, including pools, dams and at the beach.
  • Limit outdoor activities such as exercise and gardening during hot weather, or plan these activities for cooler parts of the day.
  • Ensure food is properly refrigerated and avoid drinking alcohol which can cause more rapid dehydration.

Keep an eye out for heat stroke warning signs such as high body temperature, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, confusion and nausea, and seek medical attention or call triple zero (000) immediately if you or someone you are with develops symptoms of heat stroke.

Stay safe this summer and remember, if you need us in an emergency, we're here for you 24/7 at St Andrew's Emergency Centre in Spring Hill.

For more information, please visit St Andrew's Emergency Centre or phone (07) 3834 4455.