Tips to cope and stay safe in extreme heat

Tips to cope and stay safe in extreme heat

June 28, 2019

Anyone can be affected by the hot weather in Pakistan, lately. With cites like Sibbi where the temperature is roaring up to 48 degrees Celsius, followed by Dadu at 47°C and Larkana at 45°C, it is important to protect yourself from the possibility of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or a heat stroke.

 

Extended periods of high temperature and high humidity can be very dangerous for your health. Hum News has come up with a few tips to help you prepare for a heat wave and what to do when one occurs. By doing so, you can avoid the biggest health dangers.

 

 

Here are a few tips to cope and stay safe in extremely high temperatures:

  • Make water your best friend! In order to maintain an adequate level of hydration, drink plenty of water. You might have to drink more water than usual to avoid dehydration.
  • Take cool showers to lower your body temperature.
  • Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds. Keep the lights off as incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat.
  • Seek shade when outside. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio, TV or social media, or the Met Office.
  • Avoid going out in sun during the hottest part of the day, between 11 am to 3 pm. Postpone outings
  • Identify the coolest room in your house.
  • Eat more cold meals, preferably Salads.
  • Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing made from natural fibres like cotton, linen and silk.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine. Both of these ingredients can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.

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