Heatwave: Dos and Don’ts

During excessive heat, your body might easily become dehydrated or overheat.

Heat can induce serious and sometimes fatal health problems such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, as well as precipitate unexpected occurrences such as a heart attack or stroke, or exacerbate pre-existing medical illnesses like kidney or lung disease.

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Extreme heat can harm anyone. People over the age of 65, babies and young children, pregnant women, people with acute or chronic health problems, and socially isolated people are all at higher risk.

  • Hydrate: Drink water before, during, and after physical activity, even if you are not thirsty. Drink non-alcoholic and decaffeinated beverages. Sports drinks can help to replace salts and minerals lost via exercise.
  • Stay in the shade. Find shelter and avoid direct sunshine.
  • Wear light clothing: Choose loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat that is big enough to cover your face.
  • Limit your physical activity: If possible, avoid high-energy activities or work outside during the noon heat. If you must work outside, plan your tasks sooner or later in the day.
  • Stay in air-conditioned places: If your home does not have air conditioning, go to your predetermined cool spot. Portable electric fans can also be used to remove hot air from rooms and bring in cool air.

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  • Take a chilly shower or bath. You can.
  • Take chilly showers or baths; you can even saturate a t-shirt to keep it moist.
  • Use cooling spray: You can also apply cold to specific spots on your body.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Make use of the cooling power of water.
  • Close windows during the day and open them at night to cool down. Avoid drinking hot beverages.
  • Have cold meals and drinks.

You should also look for indicators of dehydration, such as thirst, lightheadedness, a dry mouth, fatigue, dark-colored, strong-smelling urine, or passing less urine than normal. If you have symptoms of heat illness, seek medical attention.

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