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PR201452en

29/07/2020

PRESS RELEASE BY THE HEALTH PROMOTION AND DISEASE PREVENTION DIRECTORATE Health warning on high temperatures for summer

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As the temperature continues to rise, the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate would like to advise the public on the importance of keeping well hydrated during the hot summer months.  High temperatures cause water to be lost from the body at quick rates resulting in dehydration. It can also lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.  The heat can affect everyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm including older people, babies, young children, people with chronic conditions and physically active people. 

 

To avoid the effects of the heat wave it is important to:

 

  • Keep out of the heat by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun during hot periods of the day usually between 11.00am until 4.00pm.
  • Stay cool by staying in the coolest parts of the home and work
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • Drink water regularly to make up for the losses and eat more cold food
  • Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks can hurt more     than help
  • Wear light loose fitting clothing
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • ​avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat
  • Seek medical advice if you have any concerns

 

It is also advised to check regularly on older people especially if they live alone and those more at risk.

 

 

 

 

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