A heatwave is defined as consecutive days of hot weather during which temperatures are extremely high during the day and especially at night. With temperature soaring above 45 degrees these days, summer heat is taking heavy toll on human life in India,it is crucial to be proactive to prevent sunstroke or dehydration.
The direct exposure to sunlight is causing several heat related health issues like heat exhaustion, heat cramps, muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness, fever, fatigue, drowsiness and heat strokes. Thus, it is high time to take the precautionary measures and protect ourselves and beat the heat waves.
Here are few ways to stay cool and safety tips in summers :
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids/fruits even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Drink plenty of water or other healthy fluids as much as possible, Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Apply sunscreen to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and Limit physical activity, especially in the middle of the day, when it is hottest.
- Stay in cool locations, Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Take at least one cool shower or bath daily or refresh your skin with a wet towel several times a day.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors in summers but at least we can protect ourselves from direct exposure to sun by wearing cap, hat, stall or headgear.
- You are also advised to turn off the lights and any electrical appliances you’re not using-you don’t want them to generate heat during a heatwave!
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
- Check on family, friends and neighbours who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Now you re all set to beat the heat wave in this Summer!