Public Urged To Safeguard Themselves & Their Health Amid High Temperatures

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Public Urged To Safeguard Themselves & Their Health Amid High Temperatures

The Ministry of Health is reminding the public very high temperatures can be dangerous and advises the population to take the necessary precautions to safeguard their health.

Persons are being asked to stay hydrated by eating fruits and vegetables (At least 2-4 servings of fruits daily and eating vegetables with every meal),·

Drinking at least 8 – 10 glasses of water, daily, Avoiding drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

Protect yourself from the Heat by avoiding strenuous exercise during the hottest times of the day (usually 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.),

Staying indoors or in shaded areas, when possible, taking frequent breaks or using hats and umbrellas while working outdoors, wearing loose-fitting, lightweight, light-coloured clothing, wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 and above.

The public is also advised to be aware of the signs of heat stroke and or heat exhaustion: high body temperature (39 °C or higher), cold, pale, and clammy skin, fast, weak pulse (heat exhaustion), fast, strong pulse (heat stroke), tiredness or weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, dizziness and confusion, fainting.

During hot weather, remember to check on family, particularly the elderly and children, as very high temperatures can be dangerous to one’s health.