Monday 9 December, 2019

12 tips to avoid heat stroke

Summer 2019 is gearing up to be one of the hottest on record and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a statement warning the region to prepare for heatwaves.  

The Caribbean has been warned of high temperatures over the next several months which could have harmful effects on human health, according to PAHO.

Meanwhile the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said in its Rainfall and Temperature Outlook that temperatures would be higher than normal from July to September, with highs of 33.9'C or more.

As the heat wave phenomenon becomes a reality, the public is urged to follow these tips to avoid falling victim to a heat stroke. 

-Stay tuned to weather alerts and forecasts daily.  

-If possible, avoid sun exposure between 11 am and 4 pm. 

-Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

-Do not leave children, older persons or animals in parked vehicles.  

-Check on animals regularly. Ensure they have adequate water and are kept out of the sun. 

-Do not exercise or engage in intense outdoor activities without proper protection. 

-Be sure to drink water every two hours, even if you aren’t thirsty. 

-Eat small meals and eat more often.

-Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

-Visit locations where air-conditioning is available such as malls, libraries and restaurants. 

-Keep the home cool by covering windows during the day and using air conditioners or fans during the hottest hours. 

-If you have a chronic disease and take drugs, consult your doctor. 

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