Keep cool during the heatwave

By Drum Digital
12 November 2015

With a heat wave currently being experienced across the country, health experts warn that heat exhaustion could lead to serious complications, such as heat stroke.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

Here’s how to keep cool and safe:

•         Stay well-hydrated by drinking lots of water.

•         Keep a close eye on babies, the elderly and children and ensure they take in a lot of liquids.

•         Ensure pets have a cool place to relax and cool, clean water to drink.

•         Stay out of direct sunlight.

•         Wear appropriate clothing and use sunscreen.

•         Limit participation in outdoor activities.

•         If you’re going to spend time in a pool, ensure your safety and that of the children around you. Ensure that children are supervised while in and around the pool.

•         Don’t leave children and pets alone in a vehicle – even with a window open.

Severe heat stroke or heat exhaustion signs/symptoms include:

•         Severe headache.

•         Weakness or disorientation.

•         Nausea or vomiting.

•         Muscle cramps.

•         Severe thirst.

Monitor people who have these symptoms. Persisting symptoms should be taken seriously and medical assistance should be sought immediately.

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