Keep cool, and get through the heatwave

By Drum Digital
07 January 2016

With temperatures expected to reach 43 degrees Celsius in some parts of Johannesburg, the City of Johannesburg Disaster Management Centre has issued some safety tips for residents.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

The Centre says that the heatwave can cause extensive damage to infrastructure like roads and electrical equipment; livestock and crop; and heat stress known as hyperthermia in humans, which could possibly be fatal.

How to cope with heat stress:

* Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose, porous natural fibre clothing and avoid tiring activities.

* Drink two to three litres of water a day.

* Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated or carbonated drinks.

* Don’t take salt tablets unless prescribed by a medical practitioner.

* Keep your home cool with curtains, shutters or awnings on the sunny side and open windows at night.

* If you don’t have air conditioning, use fans, shades, damp clothing or take cool showers.

* Avoid direct sunlight.

* Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen products as the sun’s rays might affect visibility.

* Don’t leave children or pets in parked and locked vehicles.

* If you suffer from a chronic illness or feel ill in the heat, seek medical attention immediately.

* Keep domestic animals and pets in the shade with plenty of water.

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