Everyone has been waiting for this beautiful season that rhymes with holidays, sun, beach, parties, sunbathing…
However, we shouldn’t forget some practical advice about summer and mostly heat waves which could cause some health problems.
You should know that if heat exhaustion is ignored and untreated it can lead to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency. Heat stroke is the most severe and deadly heat health problem. The body temperatures can rise to 106 degrees or higher in just 10-15 min.
Symptoms of a heat stroke include: Headaches, dizziness, confusion, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, red, hot and dry skin.
Heat stroke’s good practice:
If you are around someone when they have a heat stroke it is important to pour cold water on them, sit them down and fan them. Do not give them fluids because it is important to keep their air passage open.
The most exposed people to this phenomenon are:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 and above
- People who have a mental illness
- People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
Take some precautions to keep yourself safe
Heat wave’s prevention tips:
- Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an emergency,
- Seek shade during the hottest times of the days (11am to 2pm),
- Stay indoors if possible,
- If possible, stay in an air-conditioned place,
- Put sunscreen and wear a hat and light-coloured protective clothing outdoors,
- Drink water, avoid alcohol or high sugar drinks level,
- It’s advised to drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not thirsty,
- Avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps,
- Take a cool shower or bath is a good way to cool off,
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle,
- Closely monitor people who depend on you for their care,
- Check on a friend or neighbour and have someone do the same for you,
- If you feel bad call the emergency number
Make a note of these tips and have a safe and cool summer!