Redlands Coast residents are being warned to take care in the heat and abide by a fire ban that is now in place.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that Redlands Coast, as part of the southeast coast region of Queensland, had been assessed as amongst the highest risk in the state, with a severe fire risk, due to hot and windy conditions.
“There is a ban on any open fires and existing fire permits are revoked until the current fire ban notice is formally revoked,” Cr Williams said.
“We know that the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, North Stradbroke Island and mainland areas such as Mt Cotton, Southern Redland Bay, Sheldon and Birkdale are higher risk areas.
“All residents should have their household evacuation plan and kits ready and be prepared around their properties by ensuring rubbish from around the house and gutters is cleared away.
“Residents are asked to only use power tools such as mowers and slashers with extreme care as they can cause sparks and they should be ready to extinguish any sparks that may start.
“Our Local Disaster Management Group has moved into “Lean Forward” mode to prepare for any future events.
“Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious or dangerous activity and keep an eye out for neighbours who may be unwell, elderly or housebound.
Cr Williams said heat stress could occur in the current hot conditions and that residents needed to avoid the heat and stay well hydrated.
The best advice:
- Stay connected – check in on frail neighbours, friends and family
- Stay hydrated and nourished – drink plenty of water
- Stay cool and out of hot closed spaces
- Stay out of the sun especially between the hottest part of the day from 10am – 3pm
- Keep your pets cool also
- The new Redlands Coast emergency website: disaster.redland.qld.gov.au – also accessible via Council’s website.
- Council’s social media and website
- Local radio 612ABC and Bay FM 100.3